How to Age Gracefully
Growing old is part of life. It’s one of those inevitable things that you just have to deal with. Graying hair, wrinkles, aching limbs, children moving out of the house, retirement… There’s a lot of things that go along with getting old. But you don’t have to face it like doomsday. Just like anything, you can face it with grace.
Here are some tips on how to age gracefully.
Let the fact sink in
It’s reality, baby. It’s life. So no matter what you do, you’ll get old. You’ll get wrinkles and gray hair (or, for men, hairlines recede). You can always get your hair dyed or get Botox treatments, but you can’t deny that your age when push comes to shove. Just look at your drivers license and accept that many decades have passed since mommy brought you into the world.
Keep a healthy routine
Love life. If you have engaged in some bad habits when you were younger, give them up now. There’s no such thing as too late when breaking bad habits. Exercise and eat right
Worrying and stress will only make you age a lot faster. So take it easy. Breathe. Take a moment to appreciate the smell of your morning coffee.
Control your emotions
Physically, you may experience some changes that can make you lose your temper quite easily. But you must learn not to give in to anger or to any extreme emotion. You don’t want the neighborhood kids to call you Mr. or Mrs. Grouch when you get older right?
Interacting with people also helps improve your mood and outlook. So don’t forget to always bring out a smile. Have a social life. Living your life as a hermit isn’t a good thing.
Widen your interests
One of things you’d have to contend with when growing old is boredom. For one, there can be some physical limitations to your activities. So you may want to be filling your bookshelves with books on different things. Attend lectures or participate in volunteer activities. Keep a garden perhaps. Keeping yourself busy helps in keeping the mind and body sharp.
April 10, 2007 Tuesday at 6:35 pm