No one looks forward to growing older, but what if you could become better with age? Studies have shown that with the right attitude and approach, you can. In fact, adults who view the aging process with optimism and take steps to nurture their minds and bodies can improve everything from age-related symptoms to mood to likability. And all it takes are some simple daily practices. Try these seven ideas and learn how to become the best version of yourself yet.
Be Honest with Yourself
You can pretend that growing older doesn’t bother you, but you’ll only be deceiving yourself and hindering your chances to improve. Do some honest self-reflecting and assess what frustrates or worries you most about aging. Write it down if that helps. Addressing your real concerns is humbling, liberating, and a starting point for making positive changes in your life.
Make Healthy a Habit
It’s never too late to adopt healthy habits, like eating nutritiously, getting plenty of sleep, meditating, cutting back on alcohol consumption, and participating in regular physical exercise. And the payoff is huge: Practicing good health as you age will improve your weight, energy, stress level, appearance, longevity, and practically every other aspect of your well-being.
Embrace Your Age Flaws
Wish you could trade your wrinkles, loose skin, and fading memory for a more youthful mind and body? Instead of pining for the traits of your earlier years, welcome what you have now. See your aging skin as a sign of a life well lived. Focus less on what you can’t remember and more on the trove of life experiences you can. Cherish who you are now and you will glow inside and out.
Living in the fast lane will eventually catch up with you–and not in a good way. By slowing down, you can actually improve your productivity, health, and happiness. Learn to pace yourself through the day by crossing off unnecessary tasks and enjoying moments of stillness. Take time to savor meals, make financial decisions, and build relationships. Strive for quality in life, not quantity.
Reach Out to Others
A telltale sign of maturity is the tendency to become more focused on others rather than the self. Submit to this natural inclination as you age. Putting other people first by offering help to those in need and doing more giving than receiving is not only gratifying; you’ll grow and thrive socially, increase your confidence and self-esteem, and promote better physical and mental health.
Peace is the essence of true happiness. As you grow older, finding peace becomes more important–and easier to do. Without all the distractions of a bustling family or work life, you can concentrate on activities that bring calm and serenity to your being. There are many paths to peace, including spiritual practices, relaxation techniques, nature retreats, and quiet reflection.
Accept the ups and downs of Aging
Like most things in life, aging comes with ups and downs. Accept that reality and learn to take the good with the bad. More importantly, don’t dwell on the bad. If you’ve developed a health problem, for example, get the help you need to manage it and then move on. Finally, learn to appreciate the ups in life; gratitude fosters joy, compassion, deeper friendships, and a strong immune system.
Aging doesn’t have to be a downward spiral for your health, happiness, and character. Adopt the right attitude and approach to growing older, and see how much better you can become with age.
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