August 29

Reviving Your Energy: Inspiring Motivation for Women Over 50



Life is weird.

After making the decision to stop commuting to Manhattan and embark on a journey of entrepreneurship from the comfort of my own home, I found myself confronted with unexpected changes in my lifestyle.

The stark contrast between the demanding nature of my previous routine – involving a three-hour commute plus a long nine-hour workday – and my current sedentary work setup left me feeling physically drained.

An easier lifestyle was making me tired – weird, right?

It is difficult to determine whether this exhaustion is solely due to the decreased movement in my daily life or if it is a natural consequence of aging. In all likelihood, it could be a combination of both. Conversations with friends who have reached their sixties and seventies revealed that they too experienced heightened fatigue as they progressed in age. It seems plausible that we share similar reasons for feeling increasingly tired as we grow older.

Does older mean wearier?

Like I said, life is weird.

I have older friends who possess abundant energy levels. One of my companions for walks is retired, yet she remains incredibly active. She consistently initiates and completes new projects, actively assists various charitable organizations, and travels to different destinations every other month.

Moreover, she maintains a stunning garden all by herself.

(And no, I don’t think she’s doing anything illegal!)

There are many reasons why someone may feel tired all the time.

It could be that illness or medication are the causes. The truth is being tired all the time is not necessarily a symptom of aging.

> “People have a perception, promulgated by our culture, that aging equals decline,” said Dr. Jeanne Wei, a geriatrician who directs the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Regardless of your age, you can increase your energy levels by doing some (or all) of the following activities.

1. **Embrace Self-Care**: Prioritize yourself and your well-being. Engage in activities that give you joy and stimulate your senses. Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, going for regular walks in nature, or spending quality time with loved ones, self-care plays a crucial role in recharging your energy.

2. **Stay Physically Active**: Regular exercise not only keeps you physically fit but also helps to boost your energy levels. Engage in activities such as yoga, swimming, or even joining a dance class to get those endorphins flowing and increase your vitality.

3. **Set Goals**: Goals give us direction and purpose. Whether it’s pursuing a new career, starting a business, or learning a new skill, setting goals provides motivation and a sense of achievement. Break bigger goals into smaller, manageable milestones to stay focused and motivated on your path.

4. **Nurture Your Passions**: Rediscover your passions and give them the attention they deserve. Whether it’s painting, writing, gardening, or playing an instrument, immersing yourself in activities that bring you joy will revitalize your spirit and provide a renewed sense of purpose.

5. **Build a Support Network**: Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals who uplift and motivate you. Connect with other women over 50 who are going through similar experiences. Join community groups, online forums, or attend meetups to share stories, offer support, and gain fresh perspectives.

6. **Embrace Mindfulness**: Practice mindfulness to fully appreciate and live in the present moment. Engaging in activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or even journaling can help clear your mind, reduce stress, and increase your focus and energy levels.

7. **Seek Inspiration**: Read books, listen to podcasts, or watch documentaries that inspire and motivate you. Learn about other women who have achieved remarkable things later in life. Draw inspiration from their stories and use them as fuel to reignite your own passions and dreams.

8. **Take Care of Your Mind and Body**: Pay attention to your mental and physical health. Get regular check-ups, eat a balanced diet, and ensure you are getting enough restful sleep. Prioritize stress reduction techniques such as meditation or seeking therapy if needed. Taking care of yourself holistically will have a positive impact on your overall energy and motivation levels.

Remember, age is just a number.

You have the power to rejuvenate and energize yourself. You can find inspiration at any stage of life.

Take one step at a time, celebrate your achievements, and embrace the journey ahead with enthusiasm. You have the strength, wisdom, and resilience to make the most of this incredible phase.

Let your energy soar, and inspire others along the way!

Or maybe just go back to a 3 hour daily commute?

About the author 

Maria Pesin

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