It is not uncommon to have a negative mindset about aging. Some individuals no longer see their birthday as a celebration or choose to celebrate their “29th” birthday for eternity. Not only can aging be hard on the body physically, but additional challenges and health setbacks that come with aging can also take a toll on your mental health.
You may look and feel different with each additional candle added to your birthday cake, but aging is inevitable and a normal part of life. Instead of obsessing over staying young forever, focus on staying healthy and happy. Celebrate your years and don’t let your age get in the way of actually living.
Set Yearly Goals
Working towards a goal is great for the mind — it provides a sense of worth, fulfillment, and pride. Maybe you want to travel to 5 new places, master a new skill, stick to a gym routine, or get that promotion at work. Whatever your personal goals are, once the year has passed, you can look back and see all that you’ve accomplished.
You won’t feel remorseful that you’re another year older, instead you’ll feel motivated to further expand your list of goals and conquer them once again.
Volunteer in Your Community
As you get older, you may find you have extra time on your hands. Using this time to volunteer in your community or giving back can give you a positive outlook. Not only will you feel good about helping out in your community, but you will also be making a positive difference in other peoples’ lives.
Find a cause you’re passionate about — whether it’s the local animal shelter, hospital, or food bank — and give them a call. They will be very appreciative to hear from you!
Participate in Social Engagements
One of the hardest parts about aging is losing touch with those who you were once closest to. Many adults get married, move away, and start a family or get busy with their own responsibilities that former friendships aren’t always prioritized. Feeling isolated and lonely while aging can make it very difficult. It helps to know that there are others going through the same changes that you are and are there to talk about it with you.
Seek out social engagements to attend or groups and classes to join. You can meet individuals with similar interests and hobbies as you.
Prioritize Your Health
Age is only a number. If you treat your body right with the proper nutrients and exercise, you may feel decades below your actual age. Don’t let your number slow you down. Stay active through low impact exercises that put less harmful stress on the body such as walking, yoga, and swimming.
When it comes to planning your meals, moderation is key. We understand that you deserve the sweet treat here and there and we’re not telling you to avoid your comfort foods altogether, however focusing primarily on eating a well-balanced diet can make you feel great!
Exercise Your Brain
Just like your body does, your brain also needs daily exercise and this becomes even more critical as you age. Stimulate your brain by doing crossword puzzles, reading books, and learning new skills, such as a second language.
Studies have proven that keeping your brain active can help prevent dementia and promote mental health.
Celebrate Your Age
The next time your birthday rolls around, break out the streamers, confetti, and party hats because it’s a reason for a celebration! You can look back at your past years and see all you have accomplished, look forward to all that you will experience, and appreciate how great you feel AND look for your age.
Every age brings something new and exciting whether it’s becoming a grandparent for the first time or finally qualifying for senior discounts. Embrace it and adopt a positive mindset toward aging.