Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to look like you’re in your twenties, it’s about embracing and enjoying your maturity.
It’s no secret that our society is obsessed with youth. The general assumption is that everyone wants to look younger than they really are and delay the aging process for as long as possible.
While it can be difficult to get used to the physical changes of aging, there are plenty of things to love about growing older too. Here’s our advice on how you can age well from the inside out and make the most of this rewarding chapter.
There’s a misconception that staying physically active has to equal lifting heavy weights or doing intense training, but that’s simply not the case.
It’s recommended that all adults get 2.5-5 hours of moderately intense exercise a week, no matter your age, so long as you are physically capable.
Getting regular exercise helps to improve your sleep, lower your stress levels, and lower your risk of diseases. If you join a gym or exercise group, establishing a regular exercise routine can be a terrific way to meet friends too.
Age is just a number and aging gracefully is more about what’s on the inside than on the outside. That said, it’s still important to take good care of your skin, and not just for cosmetic reasons.
Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is vital to help prevent skin disease and regulate body temperature.
So next time you’re popping outside to catch a few rays, make sure to put a layer of sunscreen on to protect your beautiful skin.
A lot of people avoid going to the doctor for any number of reasons. Maybe they’re scared of needles or they feel anxious about what the doctor might find.
However, despite these very normal fears, making annual appointments with your primary care physician, dentist, optometrist, and specialists is necessary. It helps you to stay on top of your health, manage existing conditions, and look out for concerns based on your family history.
Sure, going to the doctor might not be fun, but it’s an important fear to face. If you feel on edge about visiting your doctor, why not ask a trusted family member or friend to visit with you? That way you can lean on them for support.
In addition to looking after your physical health, it’s important to take care of your mental health too.
Mental health and physical well-being may be a lot more related than you might realize; when your physical health is strong, it can have a big impact on your mental health as well, and vice-versa.
Make sure you keep in touch with friends and family, schedule quality time with them, and keep them updated on your life. Staying social as you age is key to keeping your mind alert and your zest for life.
If you’re struggling to talk to your family or friends about your mental health, why not book an appointment with a counselor or psychotherapist? Seeking help from medical professionals is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, it’s a brave, loving, and clever thing to do! So don’t feel embarrassed or nervous for doing so.
Speaking of prioritizing your physical and mental health, we cannot overstate the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, particularly if you’re interested in aging gracefully.
A healthy sleep routine is crucial to maintaining a sound body and mind and yet, it’s often overlooked.
Generally, adults should get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting significantly less shut-eye than this, we recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine.
Do you drink caffeine late at night? Do you watch lots of TV or spend a lot of time on a tablet or laptop before you go to bed? All of these things can negatively impact your sleep patterns.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, we recommend building a night-time routine that’s centered around winding down.
How you spend your free time can determine how gracefully you age, too.
While there’s nothing wrong with ending a busy day with some mindless TV, you must have got other hobbies that stimulate your mind too.
Join a meetup group, take up crocheting, or sign up for an online cooking class. Just make sure you’re scheduling some activities that challenge your brain.
Keeping busy gives you things to look forward to and gives you a sense of purpose in life. The older you get, the happier you’ll be that you prioritized staying mentally sharp.
When it comes to aging gracefully, one of the most important things you can do is embrace the process. The more mentally prepared and open you are to aging, the easier time you’ll have with it. There’s a lot to love about aging!
Your twenties and thirties were fun, but they were also fraught with insecurities. The older you get, the more grounded, rooted, and wise you become