Many people are afraid of growing old. For some, the fear of aging stems from the idea that their best years have already passed by. For others, it comes from the fear of becoming seriously ill in old age.
But if time is a precious gift, why are we discouraged from seeing our older years as a season equally valuable and exciting as our younger years?
Aging is a natural part of life, so we should not feel the need to deny ourselves of it. Ignore the beauty ads and ugly voices that force you to feel more inferior the older you get. These are all lies!
Your senior years bring their own brand of adventure and excitement, if only you will allow them to. When you let yourself enjoy the beauty of aging, you realize that there is still so much you can do.
Making the Most of Your Senior Years
The senior years are a time to finally relax and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of working life. That doesn’t mean you should be idle! These are simple ways to take care of your mental and physical well-being.
- Surround yourself with a good community.
You don’t need to live your later years in isolation. Maintaining friendships enriches your life when you are still young, especially when you are in your 60s and beyond. Having someone you can confide in keeps you away from feelings of loneliness that contribute to later illnesses such as dementia.
Loneliness stifles your happiness and your ability to relate with other people and your surroundings healthily. Interestingly, a good community lets you feel and be more alive in your senior years.
A retirement community lets you live amongst a group of people in a similar life stage. Assisted living services are specifically designed to give senior citizens a comfortable living environment. These are safe spaces to meet new friends and do social activities!
- Stay fit and healthy.
Exercising will look a bit different now that you are older, but it remains a vital part of staying fit. The goal of being fit when you are a senior citizen is to stay agile without exerting yourself beyond your physical limits.
Regular exercise lets you move freely, giving you greater independence with age. While it is true that your body naturally changes as you get older, fitness helps avoid serious injuries that are associated with having weak muscles.
Eating healthy must also go hand in hand with regular workouts. Make sure you include fruits and vegetables in your diet—keep it colorful! Healthy eating is not just good for your health but also for your skin.
- Do things that you enjoy.
Growing old does not mean giving up doing what makes you happy. On the contrary, it should allow you to pursue the things you enjoy doing! This is the perfect season to direct your time and energy into the little and big things you love to do.
Maybe you didn’t have many opportunities to pursue your hobbies as a young professional. Weren’t we all too busy trying to secure a good future for ourselves and our families? Time to pat yourself on the back and do things at a leisurely pace.
- See a therapist if you need to.
Coping with the effects of aging is not always the easiest task. Do not be afraid to approach a professional if you think you need to process this season with someone. Therapy allows you to sort through your emotions and understand them better.
Therapy sessions also allow health professionals to distinguish what you are experiencing from serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Seeking the help of a psychiatrist will only be beneficial for you and your health down the line.
Living with Gratitude Makes You Happy
These four simple steps can do much in improving your quality of life as a senior citizen. But aside from these, there is also an internal step that you should take to journey through your older years with joy. It is being grateful.
An attitude of gratitude makes you happier. Saying thanks lets you recognize the good in your life and become more aware of it. If you want to, you can even keep a gratitude journal that you can look back on to see how much you have to be thankful for in life.
Growing old may not be the easiest task, but there are beauty and joy in the journey. You have to be sensitive to it.