Even though aging is inevitable and perhaps considered as something negative by a vast majority of people, it has plenty of advantages and benefits if you know how to deal with it. It is true that with age come wrinkles and saggy skin but also wisdom, experience and peace. The trick is handling aging in the right way. Take a look at our tips to age beautifully – you might be able to use some of them.
1. Take special care of your skin
Taking care of your skin is crucial in all periods of your life, especially in the older age. That means moisturizing it and keeping it hydrated in order for it to remain bouncy and elastic as much as possible. It also means protecting it from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen when leaving the house. You can also exfoliate once or twice a week and use a mild toner to cleanse it and remove all the impurities.
2. Engage in physical activity
It’s important to remain physically active regardless of age. Of course, the exercises need to be modified and appropriate for your age and physical condition. Regular exercise decreases the risk of heart disease and cancer. Experts recommend doing aerobic exercises such as walking, running, dancing or cycling as well as some muscle-strengthening activities. If you’re out of ideas, take a look at some fun activities for adults to get in shape.
3. Try something new
What helps you stay young in your mind is trying out and learning something new – so, you should never stop doing that. You can try out a new hobby that you’ve always wanted but simply never had enough time due to work, family and the-alike obligations. Learn a new skill. You can also try something new in the sense of changing something on your appearance such as your haircut or hair colour. Take care of your look and dress nicely – try out a new style. You can even try out something you never did – for example, you can get an ear piercing, which is very popular nowadays with all age groups.
4. Be mindful of your diet and water intake
To age gracefully, you need to be mindful of the food you take in. Focus on healthy foods and avoid processed foods and foods high in salt and sugar. Include different kinds of fruits and vegetables in your diet as well as nuts, whole grains, and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and protein. Always keep in mind that water is life, so make sure to drink plenty of water.
5. Get enough sleep
Sleep is important as it is the time when our bodies rest and regenerate. Hence, the term ‘beauty sleep.’ It is crucial both for physical and mental health. It plays a key role in the beauty of your skin. It also lowers the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease and stroke, it reduces stress and depression and it improves focus and concentration.
6. Reduce stress
Stress is simply something we cannot completely avoid, but it is something we can reduce. A lot of stress causes premature aging. To avoid that, make sure you relax and relieve that stress by meditating, doing yoga, exercising, sleeping well and socializing.
7. Cut on vice
Indulging too much in vices such as smoking and drinking alcohol can be only detrimental to our health and can cause premature aging and dull, colourless looking skin. Try to drop smoking altogether, or move to some healthier alternatives such as e-cigarettes. As far as alcohol is concerned – moderation is the key.
8. Be mentally active
Mental health is equally important as physical health, even though we overlook it sometimes. We need to feel peaceful and happy and work on our mental health. We can improve our mental health by doing things that make us feel happy. We should do things we enjoy and spend time with people that make us feel positive and enthusiastic.
9. Stay positive
Some studies concluded that people who are positive and have a positive outlook on life live longer than those who are negative. So, embrace positivity and change your negative attitudes for longer and happier life.
10. Spend time with family and friends
Spending quality time with family and friends has the ability to recharge our energy and to make us appreciate our life as well as the people in it. Loved ones are the ones making us go forward and progress, not give up. They give us love and support.
Aging brings us changes we need to accept and time that we can use to enjoy the things that we perhaps couldn’t when we were young. When you make peace with aging and embrace this part of your life as something positive, you’ll be able to use all the advantages it brings.
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