When dealing with aging, you have two options: you can either age gracefully, taking each challenge on as it comes and doing all you can to maintain optimal mental and physical health, or you can age painfully and respond with anger, by complaining, and exiling yourself.
The choice is ultimately yours, will you succumb to your aging or fight it and remain ageless? Through this article, we’ll help explain how you can choose to age gracefully through your habits and lifestyle choices.
Some people never quit. At 50, 60 or even 80 they continue to live their lives and do the things they want to do without that nagging thoughts of their age. They live their lives with the philosophy that age is just a number. They run marathons, work, remain active, engage with friends and family, and live! They are not waiting to die.
This illustrates the difference between the attitude of aging and being ageless. When you lie your life from the viewpoint that age is just a number, you free yourself to remain young at heart and in mind, and since our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions drive our behavior, you can see that this is a recipe for successful aging.
And yes, in this regard, you can surely choose which way you will age.
Monitor Your Health
The best way to know where to start in getting healthier is knowing what needs work. By monitoring your blood pressure, sleep, diet, weight, and activity, you can have a better idea of where you can use improvement. If you notice your blood pressure is high, for instance, you can limit your salt intake and the amount of alcohol you drink to help.
This may also help you identify positive, healthy habits you’ve developed so you can maintain them. For instance, you might notice an improvement in energy, appetite, mood, and quality of sleep on days you’re more active.
Monitoring your health can help you identify certain problem areas as well as what habits are working and helping, and which aren’t.
Watch What You Eat
The food you consume is the fuel for your body to supply it with the nutrients and energy it needs to function optimally; it’s a crucial part to maintaining excellent health and living a long and happy life.
You can improve your diet by consuming healthier foods more frequently, smaller portions at meal times, eating at a healthy pace, and eating at regular meal times. Watching your cholesterol can also help ensure you age gracefully and live a long and healthy life.
To maintain a healthy cholesterol, you should cut back on foods that are high in fat; increase your intake of foods high in fiber like oatmeal, apples, etc.; increase your intake of foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, halibut, and herring; and eat more nuts like almonds and walnuts.
Take Care of Yourself Physically and Emotionally
It’s important when making the effort to maintain good health as a senior that you not neglect taking care of your mental and emotional health along with your physical health. Refraining from smoking and only drinking in moderation can help your mental health as well as your physical health, as can staying active and exercising regularly.
By far, the best way to ensure you maintain good mental health and are emotionally fulfilled is to develop and maintain strong social connections. The strong and supportive bonds of friendship can help improve your mental health, help you to be more mentally alert, and improve your memory.
Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health is crucial to ensuring you age gracefully and easily.
How you handle your body aging is up to you. You can choose to wallow in pity and let whatever ails you take control of your life, or you can move past aging and not let it affect you.
By developing and maintaining these few habits, you can help defy the negative effects of aging and keep yourself feeling youthful and energized.
Dealing with aging is never easy, but it’s inevitable and the better you handle it, the happier and healthier you’ll be and the more youthful and energized you’ll feel.