I found the image above when I did a Google Search and I think it describes how I feel quite well!
I think Covid had the biggest impact on how old I feel. I am currently 43 years old (eeek!), but until the pandemic changed my lifestyle I didn’t feel my age at all. So I do believe that a person’s lifestyle has a huge impact on how they feel.
For example, prior to Covid, I was extremely active – always had events to attend for myself, friends to socialize with, events to attend for my daughter, always going to the office, commuting, and interacting with coworkers. Overall, just very busy and social. Rarely any downtime at all. I never thought of my age very much then, nor the fact that I was getting older. My recollection of these times is that I felt energetic enough to handle everything and I probably felt young enough to handle it all quite well.
But the pandemic pretty much ended all of that for me.
And with the fact that I suddenly had nowhere to go, nor people to hang out with, I had become very sedentary in my life. As sedentary as possible, actually. This new sedentary lifestyle had many negative effects on my life: I am now more tired, less energetic, more depressed, and even though my diet hadn’t changed at all, it was impacting my body differently than it did before and I’ve found myself gaining 20 pounds in 2 years.
On top of all that, I’m now experiencing pain that I never did before. I have a chronic pain in the back of my head that is omni-present now, the only variable is how severe it is. It is very distracting and contributes to me being more tired, depressed, and less active. I also have an omni-present pain in my hips now that I didn’t have before. It’s most painful when I’m finally getting-up from my normal seated position during the day, or from laying down.
So honestly, now I feel like I’m in my 70s+ due to my inactivity, chronic pain, and depressed state of mind.
I know that to turn this all around, I would need to counter-act everything and become more active and introduce constant exercise in my life. This is in the forefront of my mind everyday now, but I do get easily discouraged from it due to all my new pain sources that I never had before.
So, I know that I need to change the trajectory that I am currently on. But it’s much easier to say than to do…
How about you all? How old do you feel?