It is an interesting commentary on our society that we live in a world in which aging is only natural and is inevitable, yet the market is saturated with products that claim to give us a younger, more youthful appearance.
In fact, there are those who would say that a whole industry has been built up to shame growing old, which counts against all of us since we are all going to grow old eventually!
We would do ourselves and our children a good service by changing attitudes to old age now, so we can all benefit in the future. Perhaps it is the time we shifted our views of old age from avoiding it to deciding to grow old gracefully? If you want to join the revolution and accept growing old gracefully, then you should check out these top tips – hit the flip to start.
- Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.
- When aging, there is nothing more important than your personal health. If you feel good, consider what you have been doing and find ways to continue the momentum. If you feel mediocre, look for ways you can personally improve your health. If you feel sick, seek help and do so right away.
- One of the first things to start going when you age is your eyesight. As you age, it begins to rapidly deteriorate. Make sure that as you age you have frequent visits to the ophthalmologist, in order to track your eyes’ degradation, and have glasses or contacts prescribed in order to make it less drastic.
- It might be harder as you age to take care of things as you used to. Now is the time to simplify. This could be as easy as cleaning out a drawer or even a closet. Once you have seen that you can reduce the clutter, and get rid of things that don’t serve a purpose any longer, you can then move on to other parts of your life that need simplification.
- Make sure you’re only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than two glasses a day. If you’re over 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than one glass a day. If you’re going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it’s shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liquor.
- When caring for an aged family member who has Alzheimer’s disease, many caretakers have found it helpful to write daily in a journal. Writing out fears, hopes, and personal goals can help release anxiety, guilt, and stress. It is also a way to document the blessings that occur with this journey.
- Sit down and have a nice cup of tea to slow the aging process. Drinking tea has two-fold benefits. First, tea has been shown to be chock full of antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds that help keep you healthy. Second, sitting down and having a cup of tea is a great stress reliever and good for your body and soul.
- The key to enjoying aging is to accept it. Instead of focusing on creaky bones and reduced vision, give attention to the joy of growing more in love with your partner and playing with your grandchildren. Like everything else in life, learn to focus on the positives to enjoy life more.
- Accepting that aging is a natural process that can be met with dignity and grace can often seem difficult in today’s society. We hope that the tips presented in this article will help you continue to feel young at heart and maintain your love for life as you age.
- Rev. Dr. Geraldine L. Johnson-Carter
- Independently published
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