• Anita Larsen

5 Tips For Aging Well While Caring for Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Updated: Apr 10

It’s inevitable. As we get older, we will start experiencing changes that we may not have expected and aren’t quite ready for. That doesn’t mean we are past the best years of our lives. It just means we need to do a little more maintenance so we can enjoy our retirement, our family, and our lives. It’s time to start caring for yourself, not just your body, although a very important part, but also your body and soul. It’s time to start living your best life. Here are 5 key tips for how to care for your mind, body, and soul and age gracefully.

1. Stay Active

But...that doesn’t mean you should be active at all cost, doing exercises you feel pressured to do but don’t enjoy, and hope to stop the changes to your body. Stay active doing things you enjoy doing. It could be as simple as going for walks every morning with a friend, or take dance classes with your spouse, spending the weekends on the golf course. Do something you love to do that maybe you didn’t have an opportunity or time to do in your youth. Stay active, have fun, and also don’t overdo it.

2. Be Social

Don’t give up your social life. Make plenty of time for your friends and family. Go out and make new friends. It’s important to be surrounded by a network of love and support as you go through the changes of aging. There are many people that are in the same place in their life as you are, reach out to someone that needs it. Consider getting involved and volunteer in groups, clubs, charities, or other organizations that could use help and where you can both make a difference and connect with others.

3. Exercise Your Brain

Your body is not the only part of you that needs activity. Make sure you get plenty of exercise for your brain as well and stay sharp. You can do this easily through simple and fun activities like reading, puzzles, conversations and discussions, and games. Stimulate your brain on a daily basis and have fun while doing so.

4. Eat Well

Watch your diet and eat healthy, your body may start processing food differently and digest slower. Your appetite and metabolism will change. Make an effort to eat well, avoiding sugary foods and carbs, focusing on greens and fruits. However...that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of the occasional treat. Life is to be enjoyed after all.

5. Know Your Body

Be on the lookout for changes to your body. Stay on top of your scheduled physician checkups and get ahead of any issues. Take your medication when you’re supposed to. This is not the time to be casual about your health. You will go through a lot of changes and it’s ok. Don’t let it stress you, it’s normal. But also, make a note of any changes and make sure you take precautions as needed, discuss it openly with your doctor and get advice.

The takeaway here is to enjoy life to the fullest, but take care of yourself so you can enjoy it more. This is not the time to be scared and depressed, go out there and conquer life! Make new friends, go dancing, have the occasional piece of apple pie with whipped cream, travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Keep feeling younger every day!

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