By Dan Voltz
Has anyone ever called you an “old soul”? What does that mean, exactly? The phrase is usually intended as a compliment, a way to acknowledge that you have some hidden wisdom that could only come from living beyond your years. But what if you want a younger soul? There’s not a whole lot you can do to replace the soul you’ve got, but there are some things you can do to rejuvenate your spirit — to make yourself feel a little younger than you do right now.
That’s not to say that the deep wisdom and knowledge associated with being an “old soul” are somehow without value. Those are qualities that should be cherished. But so too are the qualities of youth. And sometimes it can feel good to embrace the younger side of your spirit — the creativity, the exuberance, the capacity for playfulness.
Here are some ways you can rejuvenate your spirit and enjoy the youthful mindset that may develop too.
1. Meditate to cope with stress
Nothing ages you quite as quickly as stress. Constant stress can lead to emotional turbulence as well as physical costs. Wrinkles and lines can form due to stress alone. And your immune system can be thrown out of whack, leading you to become ill more often. That’s not even touching on the mood swings and headaches that stress often directly inspires. When you’re stressed out, you have less energy, less patience, and less vitality.
Meditation is one of the best ways to lower your stress levels on a daily basis. There’s even some evidence that meditation can help you live longer (or stay younger longer, though they’re kind of the same thing). Practiced in many forms and styles, meditation can look very different from person to person, and that means you’ll be able to find the method that works best for you. The key is using meditation to detoxify the stressors that build up over the days–and when you do that, you can start to rejuvenate your spirit.
2. Indulge in a little play
We tend to think of playing as something reserved for the young among us, not something you do as an adult. But that means if you’re looking to rejuvenate your spirit, a little bit of play can help you get in touch with your inner child.
And these days, it’s never been easier. Maybe the easiest way to indulge in play is to find one of the millions of possible board games to play. If you aren’t familiar with how successful this particular branch of the hobby field has become over the years, you might find this a bit surprising, but boardgames are huge. And taking an evening to indulge in play, whether that’s thematic play with your favorite board game or putting together a model airplane, can help you feel more like a kid again. This kind of activity can help you remember what you liked about your youth.
3. Rejuvenate your body
When all else fails, sometimes it’s easier to feel younger when you look a little younger. It could be really hard to get in touch with your inner child when you see wrinkles and lines taking over your mirror. There are ways to rejuvenate your body, including everything from a little bit of well-placed makeup to cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Most cosmetic and plastic surgeons will tell you that you should only undergo a procedure —from something as major as facelift and liposuction to something as minor as Botox — if you actually want the results from that procedure. But if you desire Botox, it can be a great way to eliminate unwanted lines and wrinkles around your face. And when those wrinkles and lines disappear (or are at least subdued), you see a younger-looking face in your mirror. That might help make you feel younger, too. And feeling younger can certainly help you rejuvenate your spirit. No judgment! Do what feels right.
Long term proposition
Rejuvenating your spirit is unlikely to involve a one-off event, however. In all likelihood, the best way to rejuvenate your spirit is going to involve some combination of approaches applied over a long period of time. That might seem like quite the commitment, but the benefits can be profound. Rejuvenating your spirit can help you feel more alive, more refreshed, and more patient. What’s more, rejuvenating your spirit can help you have fun, squeezing as much joy out of life as you possibly can.
It’s nice to have an “old soul,” but that doesn’t mean you should be shy about revisiting those things you enjoyed about your childhood. Maybe it’s about having an old soul and a young spirit–maybe that’s the ticket.