Aging is a process of life that does not have to be dreaded. Contrary to popular thought, the changes associated with aging are not always bad. They do, in many cases present certain challenges. We present some ideas on aging in a better way.
Turn off the tv and get off of the couch. We all need our vices, but if you are spending every evening on the couch then something is wrong. We have to keep our bodies and brains active as we age and watching tv isn't doing any of those. Limit your tv watching to just one or two evenings a week and do something active or interesting on your nights off.
Aging shouldn't be a time to sit around and grow old! This is your time to enjoy life and experience new things! Do something you always wanted to do. Take a cruise, go to Vegas, write a book! Even a new pet can bring new joy and be a positive learning experience!
Prepare for the end. If you take the time to prepare a living will and pre-plan your funeral you will find much peace in the process. Dying is a part of living that cannot be beat and having a plan that is ready for that time is a gift to yourself as well as the rest of your family.
Make sure you're only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than two glasses a day. If you're over 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than one glass a day. If you're going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it's shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liqueur.
Make sure you're getting enough vitamin D in your diet. If you're not, try eating more fish or drinking more milk. If you can't do either of those, look into supplements. Vitamin D has been shown to slow the aging process and can keep you looking and feeling young much longer. Plus, it has other health benefits as well!
It might sound strange, but our mothers were right, don't raise your eyebrows. When we were kids, our moms warned us of this and believe it or not, she was right! Raising your eyebrows will cause wrinkles and forehead crinkling, so it is best to think about it and try your up must not to raise the eyebrows.
Go out with friends and family. One of the worst things to do as you start to get older is to isolate yourself in your home. Make sure you get out a few times a week for anything: to volunteer, to have lunch or any of hundreds of possibilities. Going out and seeing others has a great effect on your mental health.
Aging is something that we have no other choice than to accept. It is going to happen no matter how hard we try to prevent it. Why not be receptive to that fact, and apply some of these sensible suggestions on taking much of the stress out of the process?