Accepting the fact that we are growing old is not easy. As we age, we face self doubt, clouded by the fear of losing our youthful charm and beauty. Deteriorating health, loss of independence and the list goes on. Gaining in return wrinkles, sagging skin, arthritis, bad eyesight, hearing impairment and bad health. However, it need not be that way.
Aging gracefully means acknowledging that our body is getting old and accepting the course of time gracefully. It is mainly about the attitude that we adapt at this stage. It's all about the vigor and enthusiasm that we deliberately bring into play to live well. It is purposefully relishing and enjoying every moment that one has in spite of everything.
We all wish for a magic formula to retain our youth. However, there is no magic wand as such in real life that will do away with the onset of sagging skin and declining health. What we do have is our will power. Environment and lifestyle all play a part in how we age and all these are well within your control. We merely need to make a small effort to stay fit and healthy. We need to take the reins of our lives in our own hands.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle:
The only way that we can try to retain our good health, the elasticity of our skin, the suppleness of our limbs and the power of our bodies and minds is through adopting a healthy lifestyle. Just a few simple good habits can help us through and also extend our life span as a result. Give up smoking. Reduce alcohol intake.
Physical activity have always been the mainstay of a youthful body. So "get moving" should be adapted as your daily mantra. Regular exercise like walking, aerobics, dancing, swimming or riding a stationary bike can give us benefits. These include a decreased risk of a heart attack, improved sleep and memory, less depression, less fatigue, less aches and pains, better bone strength, flexibility and sense of balance.
Do Stretch Exercises:
Exercising regularly not only improves fitness levels but also increases the blood circulation. The increase in serotonin, as a result, grants a feeling of well being as well as an improvement of one's mood. Doing stretch exercises will increase the flexibility of one's muscles and decrease stiffness. Yoga and meditation, if practiced regularly are great ways to have both a supple body and stress free mind.
What you eat also impacts your health
. Place greater emphasis now on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Eat more fish instead of red meat. Have grilled or baked vegetables like broccoli, beans, carrots. Switch to healthier oils like olive or canola oils.
Spend Time Outdoors:
Get some fresh air and sunshine. Do you know that golfers have an average life expectancy of more than 5 years above average? That is because they spend at least 4 to 5 hours outdoors. Take long walks, explore your surroundings. Breathe in the fresh air.
Soak up the Sun:
Taking in the sunshine also boosts Vitamin D levels in the body which are good for the bones, heart, immunity and general health. Our mothers and grandmothers were wise enough to spend time sitting outside soaking up all the health benefits of sunlight.
Boost your Brain Power:
Engage in regular brain boosting exercises to keep your brain energized. Mental decline
is not as inevitable as is supposed. Do math puzzles, memorize poems if you like it . Switch on your computer and surf the net to stimulate your mind. Learn new things such as a language or any other subject which interests you. Blogging is also a great way to engage your mind.
Do What You Love Doing:
As the pressures of raising a family are over, you can now afford to spend your time in working at what you love to do. You can take up some small business like making home made cakes or cookies, pickles and jams, crochet stuff, content writing or anything else that interests you. Take up gardening, painting, writing, anything that excites you and makes you feel alive.
To age gracefully the attitude is everything. Stay positive. If you feel young you will act and look young
. Look at the brighter side of things and always live with an attitude of gratefulness for all that has taken place in your life, all that has made you the mature and wise person that you are today. Be thankful for the mistakes you made, for the people who betrayed you and all that went wrong because you would not have been what you are today without all those bad experiences too. Being wise is knowing and understanding that all that happened was meant to be and that despite everything "all is well."
Be Better with Age:
Some things get better with age like wine. Be aware of the advantages of being older. No more comparisons or competitions, no more stress, freedom to do and be what you want to do and be. Appreciate the gold mine of your experiences from where you can give so much to the young and inexperienced. Embrace this new you that has garnered so much through the years and become rich in so many ways.
Retain your sense of style. Dress well and stay well groomed. Go in for a makeover if your old hairstyle does not suit you any more. Pamper your skin, hair and body. Visit a spa regularly. Get body massages. Give up smoking as it can ravage your complexion as well as takes a toll on your health.
Never neglect yourself. Wear a sunscreen out, nourish your skin. Eat well for a glowing healthy complexion. Don't allow yourself to get fat. Keep a control on what and how much you eat. Stick to your own natural beauty and charm instead of finding a way to fit into some current idea of beauty.
Stay Connected with People:
Stay connected to people. Join support groups in your community. Keep in touch with family and friends. They are the ones who will give warmth, love and meaning to your life.
Retain Your Independence:
As far as possible avoid getting into a dependent mode for small things like getting your groceries. Cook your own meals, do your laundry and cleaning. Staying active will not only benefit your health but also give you a feeling of control over your life. It will prevent a decline in your confidence to move around and do your own work.
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