Simply Nerdy Mom: How to Live Your Best Life As You Age

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How to Live Your Best Life As You Age


It seems oh so easy to live happily and fully when you’re younger. Everything is new and exciting, you have enough energy to last for days, and, what’s more, you’ve got all these older people taking care of the basics of life for you. All you have to do is exist, and you can live well. Once you’re a little older, however, this begins to change. Your body isn’t quite as elastic as it used to be, you’ve got plenty of responsibilities, and the exciting things stop automatically moving in your direction. Yet, while that might be the common narrative, it doesn’t have to be your reality. You can live your best life no matter how old you are. How? We take a look at a few tried and tested tips below.

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  Get Moving

Sure, you’re not going to have as much energy as you did when you were young, not without a little help, at least. If you’re not getting enough exercise, then there’s no getting around it: you’re not going to be as alert and energetic as you’d like to be. Working up a sweat will give you much more energy throughout the day, and it’ll even give your mental health a boost in the right direction, too. If you can’t face the idea of joining a gym -- and we don’t blame you -- then find a physical activity that you know you’ll enjoy. There are thousands to choose from!

Deep Stretching

Working up a sweat alone might not do it, however. One thing that we all often overlook is that we, in this society, live lives that are much more sedentary than in the past. We all sit down more than we should. While this does have the potential to cause long-term health issues, most people feel the effects in the stiffness of their bodies. They’re just too tight. So look at making some changes. The best way to do it is to practice yoga as often as you can. Don’t worry about it being too new-age -- it’s in the mainstream now. They say that you stay feeling the same age you were when you first start yoga, so get going as soon as possible!

Handling Issues
Try as you might, there are some realities of growing older than you may have to deal with. Yet, while your body might begin to falter in certain areas, it’s not as if you need to necessarily accept them. For example, if your eyesight starts to deteriorate, you can look at getting glasses or contact lenses. If you’re finding it more difficult to keep up with conversations because of hearing loss, then you can look at getting hearing aids. Even more cosmetic issues that can make us feel older, such as greying or loss of hair, can be handled relatively easily in this day and age.

Set Challenges
It can seem like the adventure begins to wind down a little as soon as we’ve left the education system, found a stable job, and settled down. And while there is, of course, much to love about having this type of life, there’s always a side that yearns for more. But here’s the thing: no matter how old or young you may be, it’s always possible to push yourself forward and progress. An excellent way to keep the flame alive and to have fun at the same time is to set yourself challenges. It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as you know you’d be proud once it has been completed. You could challenge yourself to get to a set destination without flying, for example, or complete a challenge involving physical endurance. You won’t just be having a good time -- you’ll be showing yourself that anything is possible, no matter how old you are.

Preventing Mental Health Issues
It’s an unfortunate reality of life that mental health conditions have become so prevalent. Indeed, they say that by the year 2030, depression will be the most common illness in the world. As such, if you’re going to live your best life, then it’s important that you’re taking steps to keep your mental health in check. Things like getting exercise, meditating, and spending time in nature will all help. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid the things that can compromise your mental health. Drinking too much alcohol or spending too much time online can cause mental health conditions, for example. It’s all about doing the things that bring joy and happiness into your life.

Mind Your Diet

When it comes to aging gracefully, healthy foods are the way to go. As you get older, your relationship with food changes. You will experience a reduced metabolism and sluggish digestion that might affect your desire for food, deviations in taste and smell, the foods you can eat, and the way your body processes food. Now that you are aging, healthy eating is becoming more and more vital. Avoid sugary foods and refined carbs and instead fill up on vegetables, high-fiber fruits, and whole-grains to feel more vibrant. You can also try to make green chutney at home to increase your Vitamin C, and Vitamin K intakes. Chutneys not only alter the taste of your food but also have numerous benefits that range from being a detox to soothing the tummy.

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