Aging has a dark underside that sometimes means that our physical and mental vitality leaves us and we wilt in our twilight years. But this does not need to be. On the bright side, we know that we can preserve our bodies and our minds, and enhance our vitality. This article focuses on the art of aging and what measures we can take to get the fulfillment out of life that we desire.
You may think grabbing an afternoon cup of tea is only for old folk, but it actually works to help keep you young. Tea is incredibly rich in those, oh so useful, antioxidants which help protect our cells from aging. The practice of having a cup of tea is also a great stress reliever, so go ahead and sip away.
Osteoporosis is an unwelcome part of aging. It is the loss of bone density. There are many ways you can prevent or at least slow this down. One important tip is to limit or eliminate caffeine consumption. Caffeine causes the body to excrete calcium, the exact opposite of the effect you want!
When you get older, you tend to want to hold onto the past and resist change, but you should really embrace this change as the whole part of the process of getting older. It’s all in the attitude. Look forward to them, and think of them as a new adventure.
As you age, you will come to think of your home as your sanctuary. Customize your living space so you have a haven to return to when your day has been tough. Your home should be a place you feel safe, comfortable and relaxed.
Reduce the amount of stress that you put on yourself. You do not have to do everything for everyone in your life. If the people in your life have learned to depend on you for things that they could very well do on their own, let them do it themselves more often. Then you can relax more.
A great tip for healthy aging is to see your doctor regularly. Your doctor has the same goal as you – keeping your body in optimum health. By taking the time to have regular check-ups, you can usually catch small health problems before they turn into big health issues. It is also important to schedule regular eye and dental exams too.
If you can, make sure you’re including a decent amount of fish in your diet. The omega-3 fatty acids that are most commonly found in fish have been shown to aid skin development. This can keep your skin looking smooth and young much longer. If you’re allergic to fish, look into omega-3 supplements.
Perhaps there was something you really wanted to do when you were in your twenties, but you set it aside as impractical: you had to pay the bills, provide for your family. Now that you have reached retirement age, it is time to think back to those interests you set aside. Don’t think you can’t pursue them now. You can!
Our hectic times tend to push us into pointless, repetitive activity. Resist this. Take control of this precious time given you in old age. Read a deeply meaningful book. Reach out to someone in need, someone you wouldn’t have met during your working life, and give each other the gift of appreciation and understanding.
Growing old is old fashioned. Our increased health spans mean that we are younger than we think. Aging with grace is an art and takes effort to see the beauty in it at times. So, go out and live life to the fullest because you are not as old as you think.