This Halloween, getting older is one thing you shouldn’t be scared of. Here are six ways you can ease your mind when it comes to aging.
Not all seniors are destined to use a walker or cane — most seniors should be getting two and a half hours of exercise each week. Keep a regular workout routine and incorporate aerobic exercise such as swimming or brisk walking to increase blood flow and maintain joint movement. If you find an activity you love, such as jogging with a friend or a dance class, not only will your body become stronger, but you’ll also start each day with a sunnier disposition.
Make sure you are getting your proper nutrition and look into food supplements and vitamins to make up for what you are lacking. As you get older, checking in with your doctor regularly becomes increasingly important to get advice on any health issues you may be having, and to take preventative measures when it comes to your diet and lifestyle.
Protecting your skin from sun damage doesn’t become any less essential as you age, especially since your skin becomes more delicate. Applying a moisturizing sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily routine whether the skies are bright and sunny or full of clouds. A recent study even found that regular use of sunscreen can prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you can’t try out a new hobby, activity, or even career path. Did you know that Peter Roget invented the first English thesaurus when he was 73? Or that Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when she published the first “Little House on the Prairie” novel? Now is the time to look into that pastime you’ve been thinking about, or pick up that creative project you’ve been putting off for years. Connect with your local community center to see if there are any book clubs or other social events you can participate in. Starting adventures like this will introduce you to new acquaintances as well as open the door to even more opportunities.
Your body isn’t the only thing you should work to keep active. A good way to keep your mind sharp is to work on puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, or other enjoyable problem-solving activities. Reading a novel, putting together a photo album, or even compiling recipes in a family cookbook are all great ways to keep sharp-witted with a strong memory as you get older.
Finally, never be afraid to ask for help. As we age, reaching out for assistance sometimes becomes difficult. We want to keep our independence and not appear weak or helpless, but there is nothing wrong with reaching out. Having a strong support system of friends and family who are there for you in times of need is essential as you grow older.