I hear it all the time. A friend is telling me something and before she finishes, there’s a pause. She might clear her throat and crinkle her eyebrows. Then she says, “Oh dear, another senior moment.”

Usually the person is over 50 – but lately I’ve been hearing it even from men and women in their 40s.

I have no idea who started that saying, “senior moment.” It may have been funny the first ten times but now it’s in the mainstream of our language and it’s no laughing matter.

Although it seems harmless, when we say “senior moment,” we’re reinforcing and accepting a belief about our own aging. We’re actually saying that we’re losing mental ability and that we accept it.

Realize that having your mind momentarily go blank happens to everyone. Often it’s because your brain is full of various things that are vying for your attention. If you feel the need to fill the silence gap, just mention that you have so many exciting things to tell and they’re all coming to the front of your mind at once.

Our words are very powerful, whether we’re saying them out loud or silently as thoughts. Your words program your subconscious mind and your subconscious mind programs your biology. Recent studies in neuroscience and cell biology show this to be true.

It’s important to stop “telling” your subconscious that you accept the belief that loss of mental ability is natural as you age. Become conscious of what you are saying and thinking, and make it a habit to catch yourself before you utter the words, “senior moment.” If they slip out occasionally, that’s okay. Just start again to erase those two words from your vocabulary.

And here’s a way to program your brain with positive words: whenever you’re telling someone something and the next thought seems to disappear, mentally say, “I have a clear, sharp mind,” before continuing. Say it often enough and your brain will take the command and run with it.

You CAN affect your health by choosing positive and affirming thoughts!

Joy and Blessings!

Ellen Wood

Author's Bio: 

Author, columnist and keynote speaker Ellen Wood, fires up audiences everywhere to rethink their concepts of aging. Her radiance alone is empowering but she also teaches practical action steps on how to grow young in body, mind and spirit. Ellen’s powerful anti-aging program combines knowledge and processes from scientific studies with step-by-step daily age-reversing practices. At 73, she is living proof that so-called “normal” signs of aging can be avoided and/or reversed.

Not long into retirement, Ellen began to experience some of the predictable signs of aging and, at first, thought she would just age gracefully. That all changed one day when she recalled the energy, joy and excitement she’d experienced when she was younger – and decided not to grow old. That pivotal decision led her to research what is - and isn’t - true about aging, and to develop her own program of daily practices. Ellen began her anti-aging program in 2004 and soon regained the energy, vitality and mental acuity she had 30 years before. Now it’s her mission to share her discoveries and change society by transforming the way people age. Ellen is truly a pioneer of age-reversing consciousness.

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