I have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can stay vibrant and relevant as we age into our “golden years.” As with anything, it takes effort. But effort repeated enough times can turn into a habit. Here are my thoughts:
Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. Schedule a facial or a massage, get your hair cut, and always keep up with your mammograms and doctor’s appointments.
Take time to nurture your emotional well-being. I love to listen to podcasts, and my favorite one is The Hidden Brain hosted by Shankar Vedantam.
Engage in activities that bring you joy. I love to read because the stories always open my world and transport me to different locations, centuries, and characters.
Get enough sleep. Work on your sleep hygiene. Tune out the world one-half hour before you go to bed and let yourself relax.
It’s important to remain active. Keep your body moving! Regular exercise helps maintain strength and flexibility and boosts your mood and overall health. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, or swimming, and make them a regular part of your life.
Nurture relationships. Cultivate meaningful connections with loved ones. Spend quality time with family and friends, engage in social activities, and participate in community events. Strong relationships provide a sense of belonging and support throughout the aging process.
Embrace new experiences and learn something new each day. For instance, go to the free classes at Apple and learn how to manage your electronics.
Stay curious and open-minded. Life is full of opportunities, no matter your age! The days are so much more interesting if you are busy.
Stay positive. Smile and always put your best foot forward. You will have no idea how you can affect someone’s life by having a sunny disposition.
Please avoid toxic people who want you to feel as bad as they do. These folks will bring unnecessary drama into your life, leaving you unsettled and depressed.
(add on) Stay hydrated. You have to work at drinking as much water as you need daily. Proper hydration helps you stay energized and minimizes muscle cramps. My go-to in the morning is a 16 ounce glass of water with a lemon and 2 ounces of Collagen powder. It is a great start to my day.