Archive November 2019
Living with change: Ageing
This month I celebrated my birthday! Much like New Year these annual landmarks bring about a period of reflection. It is normal to measure yourself against where you were this time last year, for better or worse. New Year brings resolutions and with that, the tradition of ignoring them – it is common to see people jokingly console each other over another failed attempt at going to the gym regularly or cutting down on drinking.
Birthdays tend to be less forgiving when it comes to self-appraisal however. While birthday parties do exist, unlike New Year – a celebration of the year just gone and optimism for the one to come – you would be forgiven for mistaking birthday festivities as some sort of funeral for your younger self. Birthdays can double up as an opportunity to regret all that you did not achieve in the past year, measure yourself against those of the same age, and fear the coming of ‘old age.’ These can all have a negative impact on our mental health. (more…)