Every stage of life comes with some difficulty. However, none is quite so progressive and irreversible as the process of aging. Degenerative diseases affect the function of every part of the body. Living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding stress and avoiding negative environmental factors may slow this complicated process but their is no cure for aging.
For healthy aging, don’t be afraid to be a bit of a nester. Find things that you absolutely love and put them all around you, whether it’s flowers, friends, family, music, movies or any of a multitude of hobbies. When it comes down to it, your home is your place of comfort. Make it your own. Make it a place where you love to be.
Even if you have never had a massage in your life, go and get one on a regular basis. It is not only great for your body to get the blood flowing and the tense muscles relaxed, but it will also be good for the soul. It will feel great and leave you feeling wonderful and happy.
Drink eight or more glasses of water every single day. Water does a lot of things that help your body combat the signs of aging. It makes your skin look healthier, it removes toxins from your system and it brings important nutrients to the cells in your body. Make sure you have enough water in your diet, you will feel better for it.
When the years are beginning to creep up on you, look at them with joy and not sadness, and spread your wisdom to those around you. You will get a good sense of satisfaction knowing that you have spread this joy to others. It is a great gift, and one that does not have to cost a penny.
Sit down and write. This can be in a journal, blog, a letter or even writing a book or poem. Writing will exercise your brain because it makes you think. It is also a great way to express yourself and generate new ideas. These things will keep you feeling wonderful and alive.
Keep a close friend or minister on speed dial so you can talk to them about anything at anytime. If you are able to find at least one person that you can tell anything, you are sure to relieve the burdens that you may carry if you do not let those thoughts out.
Many times we are guilty of not wearing sunscreen, but this is one of the main factors in skin aging. The effects of sun damage can take years to develop and the years spent sunbathing at the beach when we were young will come back to haunt you. So make it a point to always wear sunscreen, healthy skin depends on it.
Throughout life, the body replaces and repairs itself. As we age, the body’s ability to heal itself slows. Many people begin to feel the effects of aging as early as 40 but the generally accepted age when individuals become ‘aged’ is the age of retirement, 65. Despite this, many elderly individuals remain independent and free of serious disease.