Every human being is aging at every moment. We tend to think of aging as happening to older adults, but the choices made throughout our lifetimes affect how our bodies age, how we feel, and what we are able to do during every year of life.
There are genetic components that affect how people age, their risks for disease and resilience in the face of illness. While aging is inevitable, you can prepare yourself for healthy and graceful aging at every life stage from childhood on.
An important part of aging gracefully is the body-mind-spirit wellness you continuously nurture. Diet and exercise are two of the most influential behaviors over having a body that is healthy and able to adapt to changes.
In addition, here are some golden rules:
- Never smoke. If you smoke, stop immediately.
- Wear sunscreen
- Get all the phytonutrients you need through fruits and vegetables every day
- Don’t drink alcohol to excess. If you are drunk every week, you are prematurely aging your body
- Face what makes you unhappy, and fix what you can
- Do things that make you happy
- Rest and enjoy being alive
Don’t be a Grumpy Sourpuss
Individuals who face their challenges, learn how to cope with disappointments and find the good in life, tend to feel and look younger. There is a sparkle in their eyes that defies the physical body’s age.
Value at Each Stage of Life
Identifying the strengths and limitations at each life stage, helps us share the value we bring to our shared world during those stages. Appreciating people of all ages, and sharing experiences, innovation, energy and wisdom allows us to gain the greatest benefits from all members of society.
In other words, every person brings value at each stage of life.
There is no perfect or ideal age~
When people in their 80’s and older are asked what they would do differently, they quite consistently say
- Have more fun!
- Don’t worry about the small stuff!
- Enjoy the moment!
- Find what makes you happy, and do it!
When we have anxiety about aging, it’s often because we are afraid we’re missing out. Perhaps we aren’t where we thought we’d be by a certain age. There may be elements of life out of our direct control. Maybe being older isn’t everything we thought it would be.
It is important and meaningful to have future plans and things to look forward to; it is equally important to identify what fulfills you right now, and gives life meaning in this moment.
There is never another chance to find your happiness than right now. The happiness you feel will only be real in this very moment, at this perfect age.
The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed medical professional. It is essential that you discuss with your primary care provider any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.
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