You want to be able to do everything under your control to stay young both in mind and body. While it becomes a harder task the older you get, there is still much you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your aging journey. Follow the tips provided in this article to help you out.
Do not leave the house without sunscreen to avoid looking older faster. The UV radiation from the sun can severely damage your skin and it is a major contributor to how your face looks. Also know that too much sun exposure can lead to certain cancers so wear sunscreen every day.
As you age, don’t worry about numbers. It is simple to focus on your age, especially as it increases, or even worse the amount you weigh. While it’s important to know your weight to keep in control, it’s more important to focus on how you feel and not what preconceived notions tell you a person your age should feel like. You will still need some numbers for medical reasons but you should not weight yourself down every day.
Take every opportunity that you have to tell the people that you love that you love them. You do not want to have any regrets on your deathbed about not telling a certain person that you loved them when you had the chance. Let them all know you care while you can.
Join senior groups, church groups local government groups or hobby clubs. Build a family unit, even if your blood relatives are not near you. It’s important to have a network of people around you as you age. Your friends and family can cheer you up during hard times and be your sounding board or first warning signal during bad times. If your family is far away, look to your community.
If you are feeling down because the thought of aging has you in a funk, just smile and laugh. You have the wisdom that those younger than you do not. Laugh and smile often, and occasionally cry, but laugh more. It’s true that laughter is the best medicine because laughter releases your body’s feel-good emotions called endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.
Each night, sleep a minimum of 7 to 9 hours. Insufficient sleep can lead to diseases from depression to heart disease, and has been linked to cancer. Exercise helps. Some doctors recommend melatonin (a hormone produced in humans by the pineal gland) or L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea. See an age management physician for healthy sleeping advice.
Aging well depends on knowing the right time to step back from some things. You have always cleaned the chimney yourself. Now perhaps, it is time to let a professional do it. It may make you feel incompetent, but you must get over that. You don’t want to risk a fall and be laid up for weeks or months, trying to heal. There is wisdom in doing as much as you can do and knowing your limitations.
In conclusion, it is not easy getting old. There are many things outside of your direct control that can shape how you feel and what you are capable of during this time in your life. Ideally, the advice in this article will help you to make the most of what you have.