7 Secrets to Aging Gracefully
Aging is inevitable and as we age our brain and body deteriorate, which include memory loss, cognitive decline, loss of muscle mass and strength, loose or sagging skin, and many more changes associated with age. We cannot stop the clock, but we can slow down the process of aging to age gracefully and gratefully.
Here are 7 secrets to aging gracefully.
- Keep a Positive Mindset.
Many people have negative connotations about getting older such as: helplessness, worthlessness and uselessness. However, study shows that a positive mindset is key to improving quality of life. Also, according to a survey, older adults who embrace aging with gratitude and consider age as a means to wisdom and overall satisfaction are more than 40% more likely to recover from injury or disability than those who see aging as a dreadful process. Start a gratitude journal to help you focus on the positive aspects of your life — journaling is a fun and effective brain booster for seniors.
- Watch What You Eat.
While you can’t prevent aging, you can slow down the aging process from the inside out with smart choices of the foods you eat. Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and lean protein that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Avoid junk and processed foods which are sugary, salty, carbohydrate-heavy and fatty foods that can accelerate the aging process.
- Engage in Physical Activities.
Staying physically active is an important factor to aging well. As you age, you lose muscle mass and strength, but regular exercise and physical activity can help maintain and gain muscle mass, improve balance, flexibility and stability. Regular exercise and physical activity will keep you in shape for your daily activities, helps prevent the risks of falls and injuries, prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other age-related diseases. You don’t need to go to the gym, instead you can invest in exercise equipment like chair exercise, dumbells, portable pedals and exercise ball to get started.
- Maintain Social Connections.
Loneliness and isolation can lead to depression, so stay connected with your family, friends, and colleagues. Join a club to learn something new and at the same time expand your horizon and social network. Travel to visit friends or relatives or to a favorite vacation destination. Traveling can be fun and exciting social activity to connect with friends and relatives, and promote healthy relationships. Or get involved in a local event that is most significant to you and share your wisdom and skills to others —that way you give back to your community.
- Take Care of Your Skin.
Our skin loses moisture as we age, thus our skin becomes dryer, thinner and less supple. Take care of your skin—use a mild cleanser, invest in skin moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and most importantly, don’t forget to wear sunscreen to help prevent your skin’s aging.
- Create a Bedtime Routine.
Getting adequate sleep each night will help you maintain your overall health and well being. Thus create a bedtime routine and stick to it — our body learns to get tired and wake up based on our habits. In addition, avoid long naps during the day so you can easily fall asleep at night. Staying consistent with your bedtime routine can help improve the quality and longevity of sleep.
- Have Regular Health Checkups.
When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to assess your health conditions, detect potential health issues and get the right treatment quickly and avoid any complications. Having appropriate health services, screenings, and treatment are important factors to a longer, healthier life.