What does it mean to age gracefully? It means different things to different people, but we usually think of looking younger than your age, acting younger than your age, or embracing old age in an optimistic way. Plenty of our residents at Discovery Commons At College Park are aging gracefully in all of the ways mentioned above. Whatever aging gracefully means to you, the following are tips for achieving it.
Some of us have a more difficult time than others dealing with the decline of youth that is most evident in the mirror. There is nothing wrong with loathing wrinkles, but you don’t have to let wrinkles get you down. You can fight back in various ways and continue enjoying it whenever someone is shocked to hear it when you say how old you are (whether or not the number is real).
To list all of the products available on the market that claim to make you look younger, to erase wrinkles, to give your skin greater elasticity, and make all other age-related dreams come true requires more space than a magazine can hold.
The best advice is to learn by word-of-mouth what works best to make skin look younger. If someone you know suddenly looks ten years younger, find out what their secret is. Not every product is a hoax, though there are plenty out there. It is remarkable what researchers are discovering that improves upon the effects of things such as Botox.
Buying products is not the only way to look younger, however. The following are effective tips for looking great, whatever your age:
Exercise regularly. Toned skin and a slim body will add vibrancy to your appearance that helps to melt off the years. If you get at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times every week, your heart will be young and you will improve your brainpower and your mood. Consult a physician before adopting a new exercise routine.
Eat healthy foods. You really are what you eat. It may be entirely possible to simply look at someone and correctly guess what kinds of foods are in his or her diet. Healthy foods will give you more energy, which could keep you moving at a faster pace than someone half your age who has a poor diet. A mostly Mediterranean diet, which includes cooking with olive oil instead of butter and eating a lot of vegetables and fruits, is a great guideline for healthy eating. Life is better when you give your body the nutrients it needs.
Exercise moderation. If you do smoke or drink alcohol, do so with moderation. Smoking has been proven to having aging effects. Too much alcohol doesn’t help anyone’s appearance, either. The recommendation for men is no more than two drinks per day; for women, no more than one drink per day is best, according to experts.
Getting at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night can help you look better and equip you to avoid all kinds of mental and physical problems.
How Not to Act Your Age – in a Good Way
It’s reasonable to assume that the reason children smile about 400 times every day and also laugh far more often than adults is because they are still unburdened. As you reach your retirement years, it’s important to have dealt with the difficulties, disappointments, and struggles of life. Otherwise, you carry the burdens with you, causing you to act older than you really are. All of the emotional baggage stresses you out and weighs you down. Let it all go, and you will feel, act, and look younger for it. This is just one way not to act your age.
Keeping an optimistic attitude is a great way to stay young-at-heart. The world has been changing at a breakneck pace for a while now. Dwelling on what’s wrong with the world doesn’t do anybody any good. Instead, find a way to look on the positive side of life as it is now. The following are tips for staying optimistic when it’s not an easy thing to do:
- Change your thinking. We all have an internal dialogue, and we may not even be aware of it. Pay attention to your thoughts. Purposefully inject positive affirmations and don’t allow yourself to get caught in a cycle of pessimistic thinking.
- When you find your thoughts going in the wrong direction, shift your focus to something positive. Read an inspiring book or engage in an activity that you enjoy. Call someone who gives your spirits a lift.
- A great way to inject joy into your life is to volunteer with an organization that helps people. There are numerous benefits to volunteering, and among them is enjoying a happier life.
Discovery Commons At College Park in Indiana is an excellent setting for growing old gracefully and independently. The rest is up to you. Contact us online or give us a call at 317-961-7256 to learn more about our independent senior living community.