10/15/2018

Be Happy In Life With These Golden Rules Of Aging

If you ask most people what they are most anxious about in their life, I’m sure that most will say getting older. Even though it is something that we all have to go through, it can still be difficult to deal with. After all, wouldn’t we all much prefer to retain our youthful good looks?! Unfortunately, that is simply impossible, and we have to face up to the fact that time is going to march on whether we want it to or not.


But that doesn’t mean that you have to be unhappy and miserable as you age. In fact, getting older and entering your later years can be just as exciting as leaving your teenage years to enter your adult life was. You just need to make sure that you are proactive in making the happiness work! Here are some great tips that can help you beat the aging blues and ensure that your later years are some of the best yet!

Accept It Happens To Everyone

First of all, it’s important that you accept that aging is going to happen and there isn’t much that can be done about it. Sure, you can apply a lot of different anti-aging creams to your face to try and reduce the appearance of wrinkles but, to be honest, their effect is going to be very minimal. It’s much better to try to change your own perception of age and its effects on you. This will help you come to terms with the aging process. One way to change your perception of age is to understand that it happens to everyone - it isn’t just you! You aren’t the only one dealing with its effects and everyone is dealing with all the changes that come with getting older as well.


Stay Socially Active

Most people find that the older they get, the fewer friends they have. It’s not that people tend to fall out with people more often as they age, it’s just that people lose contact with some of their friends and acquaintances. After all, everyone gets so wrapped up in their own lives and families that it can be difficult to fit in quite as many social meetups as you might have when you were younger. So, it’s really important that you try and stay socially active and meet up with your close friends as often as you can. You can help keep each other happy as you get older, and you will always have someone to turn to when you need cheering up!


Be Physically Active As Well

You will also enjoy your later years a lot more if you stay as active as possible too. Some people think that they need to calm down and take things easy as they get older. But is that really necessary? Thankfully, no - you can carry on exercising as you do currently. In fact, it is often highly recommended that we stay active well into our old age if we are able to as it can help keep the mind and body flexible. Not only that, though, but carrying out gentle exercise three to four times a week can actually delay or completely prevent certain age-related illnesses.

Get Into A Good Retirement Routine

Quite a few people experience quite a shock when they enter retirement. They are so used to going to work most days that they don’t have a clue what to do with all their time off. It’s easy to feel at a bit of a loss with nothing to do. The best way to overcome this shock, though, is to get into a good retirement routine so that you never really notice any huge chunks of time go by. This might mean that you need a few more hobbies to fill in your days, but it’s never too late to get into a new sport or pastime!

 

Understand That Your Metabolism Will Slow

One thing that some people struggle with as they start to age is a change in their weight. More often than not, they end up putting weight on. This is all because the body’s metabolism starts to slow down. So, it’s not a good idea to eat as much as you used to, as the body won’t be able to burn off the usual number of calories that it used to. So, as you do age, you need to be aware that it might be necessary to make some important tweaks to your diet. You might want to reduce your portion sizes or simply eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to limit your intakes of refined carbs, fat, and sugar, so that you don’t struggle with your weight, as this could lead to certain health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.


Eat A Healthy And Balanced Diet

As I’ve previously touched upon, you might need to change your diet so that you can accommodate any changes in metabolism that usually occur as we enter middle age. Even if you don’t need to make too many tweaks, it’s still important to ensure your diet is as healthy and as nutritious as possible. This ensures that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to keep it healthy and fit throughout the aging process. Not only that, though, but eating a healthy diet can also help you stave off certain illnesses and health conditions.

Get Plenty Of Sleep

A lot of people believe that older people don’t need as much sleep. That isn’t the case, though. In fact, we all need around seven hours a night, no matter how old we may be. So, it’s important that you continue to get as much sleep as you can, even when you do get older. Don’t just think that you don’t need to sleep as much now that you are retired - you’ll still get grumpy if you don’t sleep enough! Aim for between seven and eight hours a night, and you should feel well-rested every day!

 


Know Your Support Options For Later In Life

Even though it might be a long way off still, it’s necessary to think about any support that you might need in later life. This will give you an idea of what is available to you. Once you are aware of all your options, you will be able to think carefully about the type of support that might be necessary and what you would prefer. You might want to move into one of the McKnight Place residencies to ensure that you have skilled nurses seeing you every day and so that you can be part of a community. If you already have a long-term illness, you might need to find a nursing home that will provide you with more hands-on and around the clock care. Make sure you let your children know about your preferred option, as they might have to organize it for you if you are ever incapacitated.

Keep On Traveling

It’s also beneficial to carry on traveling while you get older as well. Traveling to different cultures gives you the chance to expand your horizons by seeing new cultures and societies. Not only that, though, but many studies have shown that travel can help to keep the mind active. It’s important to keep the mind active so that you can prevent illnesses such as dementia for as long as possible. If you want to pair your travel with learning a second language, then you will find that your brain won’t age quite as quickly either.


Get Regular Health Checkups

As soon as you hit middle age, it’s necessary to start getting some regular checkups. Generally speaking, most men and women benefit from an annual wellness examination. Your doctor will be able to carry this out for you, and will give you an all-round check-up. They will make sure that you are as fit as you should be for your age and that your vitals are all OK. They can also check for the early warning signs of certain health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s also vital that you keep up to date with other regular medical examinations, including a cervical smear and breast examinations.

Take All Your Vitamins

Even if you enjoy a balanced and healthy diet, it could still be worth thinking about taking a daily multivitamin supplement. As we age, our body’s nutrient needs change, and it might require certain vitamins and minerals, especially if you have a health condition. So, it’s worth discussing with your doctor whether or not taking a vitamin supplement would be beneficial to you in any way.


Join Some Clubs

Why not join some hobby clubs or groups? It’s never too late to get out there and make new friends! Not only that, though, but joining these kinds of groups gives you an excuse to stay active and both physically and socially, which is a great way to stay happy and healthy as you age.

The best years are yet to come!

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