Healthy Beginnings

Life experiences set tone for how we respond to aging

Consider a holistic approach to aging. Photo: Getty Images

We are born. We crawl, walk and mature into a complex mechanism fueled by innocence and vigor. We set a path for our journey, reach the benchmarks in our lives and weather the storms that come our way.

We end our day exhausted and start the process again in the morning. Our cells fade away and regenerate again. All the while we don’t give it any thought. Time ticks.

One day there is an ache here, a pain there, and it’s harder to get out of bed. We promise to get more sleep, only to lie awake with worry because we can’t. Crow’s feet land and peck away at taunt skin.

Who is that in the mirror? Why has my body suddenly gone on strike? Panic grips us, as we slip into a tailspin in search for time that cannot be rewound.

Aging is the inevitable. It takes a toll on not only our physical body, but also the mind, emotions and spiritual aspects of our lives.

Consider the definition of aging — the process of becoming older, a process that is genetically determined and environmentally modulated, according to

Our life experiences set the tone as to how we respond to the aging process. We are bombarded with ideals that may or not be healthy for an individual. These embedded thought patterns create havoc in the physical body and a domino effect occurs.

Emotions become disjointed; the mind is in a fog and our spiritual connection gets lost in the shuffle. We can’t change your DNA, but we can manage how the environment affects our well-being.

Consider a holistic approach to aging. “Holistic,” by definition — “characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected” — shifts our focus past the physical characteristic of aging.

In our efforts to become youthful, addressing not only the physical body, but also mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being, will provide a solid foundation for health and youthfulness.

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease,” Buddha says.

Aging is not a downward spiral. If we can look past our preconceived ideas, and delve deep into ourselves, the possibilities are endless. Anti-aging is not limited to the physical body. It encompasses our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies equally. Life coaching and integrative wellness can guide you to the most effective tools for holistic health.

Bri Zackery is an Integrative Wellness Coach who writes regularly on her blog, Holistic You Online. Call 775-525-1869 or email her at to learn more.