We are all actively growing older, whether we like it or not. Rather than look upon old age and the later years of life in a negative way, it is better to have a positive attitude toward aging. Being active in your retirement years and enjoying life to its fullest is the result of having looked after yourself and retained a positive attitude. Would you choose to sit alone and moan about the state of the world in your retirement years, or would you rather be out there actively participating in all that life has to offer? Here are a few tips that will go a long way to helping you enjoy your later years. it's never too early or too late to put these into practice.
Having reached what I refer to as a comfortable age, an age that I feel allows me to be the person I want to be, I’m often alarmed at articles I come across portraying the aging process as something to be dreaded. I admit, some of these attitudes come from cultures with different beliefs from my own, but even so, why should aging be such a scary thing?
Let’s face it, aging is something that happens to all of us, as long as we are alive. No amount of quick fix processes to make us look younger can change the fact that every one of us is currently getting older. So, why try and fight it?
With a positive attitude toward aging, we can all approach our autumn and winter years with anticipation and pride. Why not enjoy the latter part of your life, now that your responsibilities to others have lessened and you are able to make the decisions you want to make. Here are some tips on how to remain healthy and active, in order to enjoy your retirement years.
Staying healthy: Retaining health should be one of the things uttermost in your mind as the years slip by. Don't leave this until you consider yourself older or elderly, but start acting on your health as young as possible. By keeping to a regime of healthy eating, staying active and looking after yourself, the chances are your later years will treat you kindly, enabling you to take part in the things you want to do. Think of the joy of playing with your grandchildren, watching them grow into adults and being an active part in their lives. Or maybe your motivation will be travel, or learning skills you had no time to learn when you were younger. The more healthy you are, the more you'll enjoy these activities. It is up to you to look after yourself.
Keeping fit: By this I do not mean being able to do all those things you once could, though many older people do now participate in Seniors and Masters sports, often reaching the standards of their earlier years. General fitness is easy enough to maintain, if we attend to it on a daily basis. Simple pleasures such as walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, swimming or even attending gym classes, can keep your body flexible and your fitness at a level to be proud of. The better you maintain your fitness, the more likely you'll be able to participate in all the fun that life has to offer.
An active mind: While a certain amount of slowing down can be expected with aging, this doesn't need to apply to your mind. It's important to keep your mind active and this is easy to do. Reading, discussing things with others, doing puzzles such as sudoku or crosswords, playing memory games, taking an interest in community affairs and joining a group of like minded people are just a few ways to stay alert and keep your brain working the way you want it to. Read positive stories about people gaining university qualifications when they are 70 or 80 and you'll know the brain can be as active as you want it to be. Forgetfulness is not automatic, nurture the ability to remember instead.
Be active in family and community: We hear horror stories of people living on their own, with little contact with the outside world. Don't let this happen to you. Participate in family and community activites as much as you can, to keep you positive about the world around you. Many communities have free newspapers that list local events and groups that you could become involved in. Most of these don't require any financial output at all, just your commitment and regular attendance or involvement. These days there is no reason for anybody to feel alone. Reach out to others and you'll find they also reach out to you.
Retain a positive attitude: Aging and getting older should be seen as a positive time in your life. If younger people hear those older than themselves complain about old age, they too will develop that attitude. Yes, later life years are often financially restrictive, but that doesn't mean life can't be enjoyed to the full. Look for the good things in your life to celebrate and be positive about your own achievements and those of others around you. By developing a positive attitude, you're more likely to remain healthy and active as you grow older. Approach life with a sparkle in your eye and a bounce in your step and you'll gain a lot more from it.
When next you hear negative comments about aging and how hard life is for the elderly, nod wisely, knowing you are doing the best you can to lead a healthy, positive life. The tips above are just a starting point. Many of you are already well on the way toward a positive later life and will be able to tell of many more steps that can be taken to improve the life of the elderly. remember, you can never start too soon, nor is it ever to late, to start improving your quality of life.
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