Aging Well Overview
Wrinkles, sagging skin, crusty movements, slower reflexes—these are but just some of the tell-tale signs of an aging body. Rather than merely a product of senescence, the body’s natural aging process that makes us all feel and look old as we add up the years, aging is the outcome of many intrinsic and extrinsic factors but, mostly, it’s how we treat* our body that makes the difference as to how soon and how severely we age.
How to Age Gracefully?
There’s simply no point in dreading aging. Sooner or later, you wouldn’t be able to count those lines and creases on your face anymore, but that’s a fact of life that you must instead look forward to. What’s more important is for you to start preparing your mind, body, and spirit so that you will remain a healthy, well-rounded person throughout your senior years.
Aging gracefully entails that you first accept aging as a reality that cannot be escaped, no matter how much supplements you swallow daily, nor steps you walk every morning, nor creams you slather on your skin tirelessly during the day and night.
Below are tips to help you manage aging gracefully. The earlier you practice these tips, the better* your chances are of staying young and healthy beyond 60.
1. Live Healthy to Stay Healthy. If you want to be able to do most of the things you can do today even when your hair has turned into gray, you will have to turn your back on vices and stop* sinning against your body.
If you’re a smoker, you can start by quitting. You know that smoking and excessive alcohol drinking don’t do you any good. It’s about time you started cleaning your plate and sacrifice many of the sinful sweets, salty foods, and other junk you’ve gotten used to eating too. If you haven’t been exercising and lifting weights, it’s high time you find the sport that suits you.
You see, your body is your own sole obligation. It’s your responsibility to take good care of it because one day, when you’re older, it will most definitely collect the debts you owe it every single time you lived unhealthily. Keep in mind that you will someday reap what you sow.
2. Keep Your Mind Busy. Keep your mind busy in a positive way, that is! Find things to do that get your neurons working too. If you like playing crossword puzzles, video games, and other mind games, keep doing these activities to stimulate your brain. Protect* your brain from developing dementia and memory loss. Now that you’re older, you can do the same things you’ve done with more passion or, finally find aging as an opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Whether you do an activity for a living or strictly for fun, you can be certain that your mind is working overtime.
3. Stop* Worrying. Negative thinking won’t get you anywhere but down. Don’t blame anybody, not circumstances, and most especially not yourself. Learn to take things as they are it is, what it is, period! Anxiety will only cause you to feel depressed and make wrinkles appear. Worrying will cause you to eat more and gain more weight than necessary. And, if you don’t stop* overthinking your life soon, you’re going to give yourself a heart attack.
Learn to manage stress better*. Refrain from letting your emotions get in the way of giving your better* self-time and space to sort out your circumstances well. Teach yourself to have a better* outlook in life. Yes, that requires you to be more trusting of others too.
4. Take Every Opportunity to Interact with Others. Communication plays a key role in aging gracefully. Spend time with loved ones and learn to communicate your thoughts and your feelings in a more positive light. Relating with others and building relationships that last infuses your being with positive energy that radiates all around you, and makes positive people drawn to you as well. Surround yourself with positive thinkers and let their positive vibes rub on to you.
5. Love Yourself Most. Appreciate who you are. Now that you’re older, you must know that there is no point at all in comparing yourself with others, what they have achieved, and what they’re capable of doing. Comparing yourself with others will only leave you feeling unfulfilled and unhappy about yourself and your life.
If you haven’t already started, take an “I, myself, and me” time regularly. You need alone time to be in touch with your own thoughts and ponder at your own deeds too or, it can be as simple as treating yourself to a soothing foot massage or a leisurely walk at the park.
What you do today will affect how you will age so do only what is good for your heart, body, mind, and spirit. Soon enough, you will realize that age is just a number.