Those horrible bags beneath the eyes, the uncomfortable joint pain, and the annoying memory loss are just a few of the symptoms you will encounter as you begin aging. These are things that most people deal with later in life, but it does not necessarily have to be. Below are some good ways to not only slow them down, but stop them all together in some cases.
Make sure you are eating REAL whole grains to help your body get the nutrients that it needs. Most whole grains that you see in the store have been processed to the point that they are not much better than a piece of white bread. Eating whole grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice will give you the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need to keep feeling your best.
It is never too late to quit smoking for in order to slow aging. Smoking not only increases the risk of lung cancer and emphysema, it is associated with a number of other cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a decreased resistance to illness. Of course, it also has a terrible effect on skin. By quitting smoking, the aging process can be more comfortable and you can extend your life expectancy.
Let guilt go. A long life is sure to have things that you may feel guilty about. Do not let this guilt run your life. Make amends or forgive yourself and forget. In many cases there is no way to undo the things that have been done, and all that we can do is make the most of the time we have left.
In order to age gracefully, be sure to see your doctor regularly! Putting off appointments with your doctor could really be detrimental in your overall health. Regular checkups make is possible for your doctor to catch problems while they are small enough to fix. Save yourself a good bit of time, money and grief by keeping those appointments.
Taking care of your skin does not only mean using caution when in the sun. You should also take the time to exfoliate your face and body regularly. This gets rid of all of the dry, dead skin that is all over your body which prevents new skin cells from being able to generate in a healthy way.
If you want to age gracefully, then you should try to do something you like every day. By doing this, you will get fulfillment out of each and every day because you are doing something that you look forward to, which keeps you motivated to continue and keeps the enjoyment flowing.
One of the hardest things to manage for the person who is aging and for those around him or her is dementia. If someone you love, has dementia be as patient as possible with them. Often, they don’t know the severity of their own condition. To help your own spirits, take their dementia as a mercy, as it must be hard to die having all your memories intact.
Wonderful memories will be produced by getting out of the house and traveling. You may not have the budget or the health to go on long vacations but just getting out of the house and going to the mall, park or theater is going to make you feel like life is worth living.
Prepare for the end. If you take the time to prepare a living will and pre-plan your funeral you will find much peace in the process. Dying is a part of living that cannot be beat and having a plan that is ready for that time is a gift to yourself as well as the rest of your family.
Progress feels good for everyone. If you find things to accomplish every day, you are going to feel great when you accomplish them. Find problems to solve. This could be helping someone who needs the help or just completing a simple jigsaw puzzle. The accomplishment will feel great, either way.
Keep up with the golden rule to treat others as you would like them to treat you. Even though many people think that many of the elderly are mean and grumpy, you do not have to be that way. Treat others with the respect and sensitivity that you would like them to treat you and you are sure to get the same in return.
Each night, sleep a minimum of 7 to 9 hours. Insufficient sleep can lead to diseases from depression to heart disease, and has been linked to cancer. Exercise helps. Some doctors recommend melatonin (a hormone produced in humans by the pineal gland) or L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea. See an age management physician for healthy sleeping advice.
Try moving around more and sitting still less. Especially if you’re retired and aren’t moving around for work any more. Try taking up a hobby that involves moving around – golf is a particularly good once since it’s not a high impact sport but it keeps you moving. Studies have shown that getting up and moving can help you keep your blood pressure levels in normal ranges and lower your risk for heart problems.
If you are retired, try to find outlets to keep you involved in your community and keep friendships. Local schools often need volunteers, contact local schools in your area if this sounds like something fun for you to do. Keeping a social life can help fight off depression which sometimes can become overwhelming if you are on your own.
Go easy on alcohol. Moderate drinking has been claimed to lower the risk of heart problems and other ailments. For older people, “moderate” means one drink for men and half a drink for women a day. A “drink” is defined as either 12 ounces of beer, 6 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor. To avoid drug interactions, ask your doctor if any alcohol is safe.
Aging is about more than a negative impact on your skin’s appearance. Many people think it can be solved with simple lotions and oils, but that is not enough to dig in and fight some of the real symptoms that aging brings about. The advice given here does exactly that and should be followed in a way that benefits you.