Two things tend to dominate conversations about “staying young” or “feeling young.” First there are the dietary and physical adjustments that can keep you youthful in the physical sense. And second, there are the enormous undertakings (like taking up rock climbing!) that are meant to change your mindset to a more youthful one. Both can work, and if you want to feel or look more youthful and can manage these efforts, more power to you.
But sometimes the slow-but-sure relentlessness of the aging process just gets, well, old after awhile. Sometimes, you just need a break. A cheap thrill, slight adjustment or semi-reckless activity can be the perfect tonic. So, without any illusions that the following ideas will turn you into Benjamin Button, here are eight fun ideas for little ways to get a boost of youthfulness.
1. Take Up An Old Hobby
Feeling younger is often about reconnecting with yourself, as cheesy and pretentious as that sounds, and an old hobby ”be it playing soccer or playing piano, or anything in between” can work wonders in even one session.
2. Be An Idiot
It’s the whole “throw on loud music and dance around your room without a care” theory. If you have a given hour of the day when you’re just feeling kind of old, do something stupid. Embarrassment is the emotion of the young.
3. Go Home
Due respect to Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again is one of the nastiest, cruelest titles to anything, ever. Of courses you can go home again. You can always go home. That’s why it’s home. But going back to your literal childhood home can actually make you feel a bit old… instead, visit a place that meant something to you. Your old high school, your old college, a place you spent summers, etc. Sometimes there’s just something in the air in these places that does the trick.
Sigh… such a common and basic suggestion, but boy does it work. Many people find that they’ll admit things, or convey emotions in writing that they won’t verbally or mentally, and it can have a bit of an anti-aging effect on your brain.
5. Play Video Games
It doesn’t matter which game. Play a Super Mario Bros. game if it reminds you of childhood. Play a sports game or shooter if that’s what gets you going. If you’ve watched House Of Cards on Netflix, you’ve seen the point behind this: Kevin Spacey plays action-packed shooters simply to unwind from the sheer high stress “adultness” of his life.
6. Take A Gamble
That’s right: go gamble a bit. Or better yet, stay home and do it at your computer. You can find a huge array of real money gaming options at the Bet Fair casino online. Whether it’s live card games you like, or simply pulling digital slots to take your chance, turn on your computer and get a thrill. Adults ”you know, aging ones” are too responsible with money, anyway. Even if you lose a little bit, gambling is worth it for the youthful rush.
7. Irresponsibly Binge-Watch A Show
Hooray for Netflix, HBO Go, and all these things! It’s incredibly easy to zone out in front of a screen watching episode after episode of a popular show, and because it’s something no responsible adult with serious time constraints would ever do, it’ll make you feel a bit younger.
8. Pursue A Goal
Okay, so this is less of a momentary thing and more of a long-term thing… I had to throw in one. But if you can really dive in, nothing makes you feel more youthful than pursuing a goal actively. Whether it’s gaining the stamina to run a marathon, becoming a quality painter, building a successful blog, mastering a certain cooking technique… It’s the pursuit that helps keep us alive.