We all get older. It is inevitable. Age brings about many positives such as greater financial independence, time and greater knowledge. For some people, ageing only reminds them of their lost youth. There are lots of simple things you can do to help you look and feel younger.
- Look After Your Health
If you’re fit and healthy, you’re likely to feel happier and younger. Visit your doctor for regular check-ups, particularly if you have any concerns. If caught early, many conditions can be treated successfully.
As we age, many people notice changes in certain functions such as hearing and sight. However, in many cases, these problems can be dealt with. For example, by wearing hearing aids for age related hearing loss. Or by changing your eyewear prescription.
Many illnesses can be prevented by sticking to a healthy diet and taking regular exercise. Our energy requirements change as we age and our bodies change too. There is a reduction in muscle and an increase in fat. It is therefore important that this is addressed by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Exercise varies, depending on individual fitness levels. If you take little exercise, then build this up slowly. Start with something gentle like walking. Yoga and Tai Chi are ideal as they focus the body and mind.
Getting enough sleep each night is important for everyone, regardless of age. It impacts on all areas of your physical, mental and emotional health.
- Keep Your Mind Active
As well as maintaining an active body, it is also important to keep your mind active. This can increase cognitive and memory function. It can also hold off degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The following are activities that will keep your mind active:
- Learning / taking a course
- Learning a new language
- Playing golf
- Playing a board game
- Crossword puzzles
- Other puzzles and brainteasers
- Spending Time with Other People
It isn’t always easy to stay connected with people as you get older. Your networks change. You may not be working anymore and have lost touch with colleagues. Friends may have moved away over the years. You may have lost touch with people.
Try to stay connected as much as you can. Get together with friends and family. Visit your grandchildren and spend the day with them. If there are few people in your life, then consider making new friends. Join a group or a club with people who have similar interests or hobbies. If you have the opportunity, travel to new places.
- Do What You Love
Getting older needn’t be a negative experience. In many ways, it is a time in your life that you can enjoy and embrace. Many people no longer have to work each day. So fill that time with things you love doing. Rekindle old hobbies or find new ones. Get together with friend old and new. Spend time with family.
Do what you love. What is your passion? Find something that thrills and inspires you and do lots of it. In an increasingly ageing population, age is often a state of mind. If you live young, you will feel young.