We are all aging. From the moment we are born to the moment we pass away, our bodies are aging. Our minds grow stronger and then weaker as we first age to adulthood, and then move into old age. Aging doesn’t have to be horrible though; read on to see why.
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.
You may think grabbing an afternoon cup of tea is only for old folk, but it actually works to help keep you young. Tea is incredibly rich in those, oh so useful, antioxidants which help protect our cells from aging. The practice of having a cup of tea is also a great stress reliever, so go ahead and sip away.
It might be harder as you age to take care of things as you used to. Now is the time to simplify. This could be as easy as cleaning out a drawer or even a closet. Once you have seen that you can reduce the clutter, and get rid of things that don’t serve a purpose any longer, you can then move on to other parts of your life that need simplification.
Exercise is necessary for healthy aging. Regular exercise can delay or prevent heart disease and Diabetes as well as lessen the pain of Arthritis, depression and anxiety. Four kinds should be followed: aerobics to build endurance and keep your heart and blood vessels healthy; strength training to reduce age-related loss of muscle; stretching to keep your body flexible; and balance exercises to reduce your chances of falling.
Are you caring for an aged family member who has Alzheimer’s disease? If so, it can sometimes be a stressful undertaking. You need to remember to carve a bit of time from your caregiver role to devote to some personal time for yourself. Make an appointment every day to meet a friend or spouse for a meal or a cup of coffee. Give yourself permission to ask others to take over your duties as caregiver while you take a break. You can also check out services offered by reputable adult day care programs.
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.
The older you get the more difficult it will become for you to find and maintain a job. This is for two reasons, first there is a general fear of hiring people who are elderly, but secondly it will actually become more difficult for you to maintain the same level of energy you need for the jobs. So, it is important to stay fit, and to keep up to date with changes in your area of interest or expertise.
Sit down and have a nice cup of tea to slow the aging process. Drinking tea has two-fold benefits. First, tea has been shown to be chock full of antioxidants and cancer fighting compounds that help keep you healthy. Second, sitting down and having a cup of tea is a great stress reliever and good for your body and soul.
Analyze your finances. Do you have enough to live on for the rest of your life? Do you have to make some changes in order to live your older life happily? Check out the state of your personal finances and prepare yourself so that you can live as comfortably as possible.
Sign up to a new class. It is never too late to learn something new, so consider attending some public lectures or joining a community class. Choose a topic you are interested it, whether it is computers, gardening, crafts, philosophy, foreign languages, or quantum physics. Continuous learning will stop your mind from being idle.
Your eyes need special care as you become older. It’s critical that you take care of them by seeing an eye professional regularly. Most important, be sure to seek professional care whenever you experience pain in either eye, persistent redness, swelling, disturbances or “spots” in your vision, or if you think your eyesight is changing.
Getting the right amount of exercise is more important as you age. Keeping a good regiment of walking in your daily routine will increase your heart conditioning from the increased heart rate. Follow your physician’s advice on how much is the right amount for you individually as your specific needs may vary.
Aging is without a doubt a great challenge. It’s hard to accept. But, as you can see, there’s a lot that you can do to live longer, healthier and happier. So don’t give in!