Is 50 the new 30? Or are you over-the-hill at 50? It really depends on how you choose to look at age. Or do you have to? Why not be ageless? Healthy living is important at all ages!
Since our thoughts create actions, if you dwell on the fact that you are a specific age, have a life is over attitude, aches and pains are to be expected, then that’s what you are going to get.
In contrast, if you think you are ageless and focus on the positive, you are going to have a much happier life.
Here are a few tips to help get you look at this new journey in a positive light.
Self-love starts with mature acceptance of yourself. No, you will not have the body of a 24-year-old. Yes, there are a few wrinkles on your face. But this is all the process of life. And basically, worrying about these things is superficial.
Self-love is an appreciation for yourself. You stop working so hard for others and ignoring your needs and desires. You learn that it is ok to want something and to express that desire.
When we act in ways that expand our self-love, we can accept our strengths, as well as our weaknesses. We are confident in ourselves and have less need to explain our short-comings.
The need to fit in and be like everyone else is not as important.
Wear purple and be proud of it!
Maybe you have lived a healthy lifestyle all your life or maybe you realize it’s time to start. But without good health, you have nothing.
It’s so irritating that people accept the fact that drugs are a fact of life, especially after a “certain age”. Yes, there are times when medications are helpful, but you still need to be in charge of your own health.
Take the time to learn about what foods your body needs and then make sure to get the best quality. Eat fresh, organic as much as possible and avoid processed pre-packaged foods. The convenience they provide is not worth sacrificing your health. You can read more about that in our guest blog post about Kitchen Zen™ Meal Prep.
Find a type of exercise you enjoy so you will want to do it. Make an appointment with yourself to do it – just like you schedule your hair appointment. And if you need accountability, find a workout buddy. Make sure to have a balance of cardio and strength training.
And most important, reduce stress. There will always be stress in our lives, but we can make it less by learning how to reduce it. And sometimes that means getting rid of certain people in our lives.
Sitting quietly for a few minutes and take deep breaths will do wonders. Meditation is becoming more mainstream. Check out podcasts, videos, cd’s to find a style that works for you. You don’t have to sit on a pillow and chant “OM” if that’s not for you.
LIVE IN GRATITUDE
I’m sure most of us have at least one time in our younger years where we did something totally stupid and can’t believe we are still alive! You probably said a word or two of thanks for surviving it at the time, but then went on with your life.
But by living in gratitude daily, we come to really appreciate life and all it offers us.
Give thanks for everything in your life – good and challenging.
Start a gratitude journal where you write 3-5 things daily that you are thankful for.
Also, give back. Everyone has something to offer and there is always someone less fortunate than you. Volunteer, clean your closets and give away clothes you no longer wear, donate to your favorite charity, buy someone a coffee.
Be grateful that you can help others.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
As children, everything was an adventure. Discovering something new was an everyday occurrence. So why does it have to stop when we get older?
I was in my late 40’s when I went on my first aerobatic plane ride and also got my captain’s sailing license. I never thought I would be doing these things, but what a great feeling of accomplishment!
Putting off doing something will only lead to regrets later. There is nothing sadder than when someone says that they always wanted to do something but didn’t. Excuses be gone! Find something you want to do and do it. If no one wants to do it with you, go by yourself.
You never know whom you might meet and where the adventure might lead.
LIVE IN THE PRESENT
Sure we all have memories but dwelling on past events can cause stress, disease, and depression. They are over and done and there is nothing we can do to change the outcome.
Accept them as a lesson in life, learn from them and move on.
By the same token, worrying about the future does no good. All it does is take us away from the present – where we actually are.
Living in the present means focusing on what is happening right now, enjoying it, and making the most of it.
When you are living in the present, you will feel fewer negative emotions and more positive ones. Guilt and regret result from a focus on the past. Fear and stress result from a focus on the future.
So go out and shine your light of experience wherever you go. Join the WWC Private Facebook Group to talk more about this and all of the other topics talked about here at Wright Wellness Center.