What is the one thing that not one of us can avoid but which we can influence for good or for bad? Aging! Day by day, we grow older. For some, that realization packs a fear-inducing wallop. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can embrace reality and choose to age well, which will influence both your well-being and your actual experience of aging.
Here are some tips for staying young at heart — even if you are no longer physically young.
Stay mentally active. Whether it means entering a Scrabble tournament or volunteering on a political campaign, stay engaged with the world. Make friends, including younger ones. Read a book, watch a movie. Remain curious about the world and the people in it.
Be social. Friends are incredibly important to our well-being and can actually help protect us from some mental health maladies. Wondering how to meet people? Perhaps you could join a civic organization or volunteer for a non-profit.
Be active. Aging is much easier for those who maintain a reasonable weight and who exercise regularly.
Tune out. The culture often glorifies youth and youthful beauty. Ignore it! Know that your experiences, wisdom and ability to contribute are worth so much more.
Interested in some tips on aging gracefully? Here are one psychologist’s secrets.
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