March 16, 2021
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BTT – Growing Old Gracefully
No one wants to grow old, but it is a natural process that occurs if we have the privilege of doing so. The phrase growing old gracefully is full of promise but may take some real effort. This article will enrich you with ideas of how to grow old with grace.
Eat your veggies! We all were told it as kids and it matters just as much as we age. Antioxidants that are found naturally in vegetables actually will help keep your cells from aging too rapidly. They protect us from the aging that is done to our cells by oxidative damage.
One simple tip to take care of your eyes as they age is to apply a compress for five minutes, made of a washcloth wrung out in hot water. The compress will clear your eyes of “sleep” and other bacterial material that can contribute to eye infections and diseases as you age.
Add vitamin D supplements to your diet to possibly help slow aging. There is not a consensus yet on the research that shows its effect. However, vitamin D has other benefits like helping our immune systems, helping the absorption of calcium and others that you might as well add it in even if the jury is still out on the growing older effects.
One of the easiest ways to achieve slow growing older is by eating the right types of food. This can be done by eating vegetables that are high in antioxidants, which protect our body from oxidative stress. This results in having a body that has clearer skin and ages slower than normal.
Laugh often, the saying laughter is the best medicine, holds some truth to it. It keeps your spirits high and keeps the blood flowing. It will increase positive hormones in your body that will help to eliminate some of the toxins in your bloodstream. Laugh until you have to gasp for breath.
To help your mindset while getting older, toss out any numbers that aren’t really important, specifically your weight, your height and most importantly your age. These numbers may be important for your doctor (and they should be), but for daily living, they are just barriers to the many, many things that are possible for you to do.
Just because you aren’t as young as you used to be, you can still create goals and work to get them done. Life is an ever-changing journey and shouldn’t become boring. Setting goals for yourself will keep you motivated and active to see they are accomplished. The pride you feel when you have attained these goals will be insurmountable.
Friendships are important because they help your life gain more love and energy, which are good for your emotions and are positive. You can never be too old to get new friends. Go and make new acquaintances; form friendships that will enrich your long and wonderful life.
Keep an active social circle. Many older people find that they drift apart from family members, as those family members develop lives of their own. You may lose friends to illness, disability, and even death. Keep making new friends and stay in contact with the family. You’ll be happier and healthier for it.
Feel free to have a drink and a good meal once in a while. Even if you are watching your diet closely and do not consume alcohol on a regular basis, you should take the time to have a good glass of wine that you used to love and a great meal that was your favorite. Enjoy things in life.
Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you should just sit back and take it easy. To maintain good health, you need to continue to be as active as you possibly can. Sure, you may not be able to go out and race in a marathon, but you still can incorporate some activity into your daily activities. It is suggested that you include at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Maybe you could take a 15-minute walk twice a day. Dust off that old bike and take a ride around the neighborhood.
Be careful with your heart. Cardiovascular disease is the number one problem in society, so be aware of the organ in the center of your chest so that it keeps you well. Eat a proper diet, get enough exercise, and make sure your doctor runs tests on your heart to make sure that it’s working as it should.
Stop destructive behaviors. If you are still drinking heavily, now is the time to stop. Getting older means that a lot of body functions begin to slow down, including those things that protect you from the harmful things you do to your body. You’ll feel much better if you stick to those activities that enhance your health instead of taking it away.
If you are still smoking, quit now! Smoking is never good for you, but it is even more important to quit as you age. Smoking breaks down your skin’s collagen leading to premature wrinkles. Smoking is also directly linked to increased risks of cardiac problems and cancers, and the risks only multiply with age. Quit now, no matter what your age, to help your body have a healthy getting older process.
In essence, growing old it’s an honor and opportunity. To understand life a little longer. It means that change is inevitable and coping with aging means being able to manage well with change. It can be rewarding and fulfilling to know that one has achieved an old age. Just relax and enjoy the view.
*Information in the blog is provided for entertainment purposes only. Consult a medical professional before attempting any tips shown here.