If you turn on your TV or scroll through social media, you’re likely to see dozens of ads for serums and lotions that supposedly make you look younger. While aging comes with annoyances, it’s much better than the alternative. Here are some things to remember as you get older to beat the blues of aging.
1. Embrace Your Age
Remember how badly we wanted to be older when we were younger? Looking forward to the future, wishing for freedom to make your own choices? Once we get older, we often start longing for our younger days—stop fighting aging and love it. Enjoy every wrinkle as a laugh line, every birthday as a milestone, and celebrate all your achievements.
Exercise is important for both your physical well-being and your mental health. There are endless benefits to being active. These include improved circulation, increased dopamine, better mood, and sounder sleep. For lack of a better way to say it—just do it!
3. Eat Healthy
We may hate to admit it, but your diet affects your health as you age. You once had fast food to keep you going, but now eating processed foods leaves you sluggish and sick. Eating leafy greens, fresh fruit, whole grains, and drinking water will help you feel more energized.
4. Rid Your Life of Toxic Habits
As we age, our body cannot handle drinks and late nights like it once did in our 20s. Turn down shots. Give up tobacco. Go to bed earlier and turn off the screens. And, please, rid yourself of toxic relationships.
5. Take Care of Your Skin
If you haven’t started using moisturizer and eye cream, it’s not too late. Prioritize SPF, at least 30. Also, be sure to rinse the day off your face, never use super hot water, and try not to pick at your skin.
The benefits of meditation come with practice, but once you get it, you will reap the benefits. Taking the time to relax your mind is likely to reduce anxiety and depression. Additionally, research suggests that stress can increase your biological age. Meditation can reduce stress and, therefore, help with the challenges that come along with aging.
7. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Getting enough sleep—most experts recommend six to eight hours a night for adults—is important if you wish to beat the annoyances of aging. Sleep releases anti-inflammatory agents and growth hormones, helping you repair yourself overnight to be ready for the next day.
8. Keep Up with Doctor Appointments
Staying on top of your health and seeing a professional should become a routine. Regular visits to your doctor may save your life by catching life-threatening conditions early, helping you care for yourself for years to come.
9. Take Your Dream Vacation
As annoying as it may feel to get older, you likely have more in your savings. Maybe your kids are older or even out of the house. Maybe you’re ready to retire. In either case, you likely have more freedom!
Take that trip to Fiji and stay in a bungalow on the water. Visit Italy and indulge in food and wine. Hop a flight with your sweetheart and visit Paris. If not now, when?
10. Become a Mentor
One of the most valuable things you can do as you age is share your experience. College degrees are important, but nothing beats real-life advice and experience. Help a younger student in your field or mentor a family member in your trade.
11. Complete Your Bucket List
Have you always wanted to learn another language? Travel cross country? Go skydiving? Approach each day with an open mind, hoping to take on a new adventure.
12. Spend Time with Friends and Family
One of the biggest regrets older people have is that they didn’t spend more time with their loved ones when they had the chance. Nobody has ever said they wished they stayed at the office later. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and make you feel young again.
13. Dress Your Style, Not Your Age
One thing that is annoying about aging is the clothes you’re expected to wear. Mom jeans, grandma sweater—you name it, they are not flattering. Dress in whatever makes you feel your best and expresses your style.
14. Revisit an Old Hobby
It’s important for your mental and physical health to stay active as you age. Make time for what makes you happy and enriches your life. Many libraries offer classes and groups, such as chess clubs and knitting circles. This can expand your social circle and keep up your interests.
15. Get a New Hobby
It is never too late to learn! Embrace the confidence and free time that comes with aging, and learn something new. Taking up a new hobby will not only help keep your brain sharp but also help you feel accomplished.
16. Be Positive
It is easy to give in to the annoyances of aging, but you will not beat it with a bad attitude. Change your perspective. Recognize all that you have accomplished, and embrace aging with positivity.
17. Play Games
Playing a game is a great way to pass time with loved ones and keep your brain sharp. My grandmother is 87 years old and loves to play games! We make it a point to play when we visit, and she beats us every time!
18. Treat Yourself!
Finally, treat yourself! Especially if you have been careful—or even sensible—most of your life, give in to temptation when it arises. You have a savings account, and you have free time. Splurge on a fancy dinner, a gorgeous pair of shoes, new tech, or whatever would be a treat.
From just changing your attitude—which is free—to splurging on the trip of a lifetime, there’s a broad range of things that will help fight the annoyance of aging. Start today to reap the benefits that can improve your life down the road. If you feel annoyed by the inevitable creeping up on you, just revisit this list and start feeling great.
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