Secrets of Healthy and Happy Aging
Aging is a natural life process, albeit one that nobody particularly looks forward to. People generally tend to concentrate on the negative aspects of growing old instead of accepting the fact that it is an inevitable part of life, one that can be just as fulfilling as their youth. There are many positives attached to old age such as wisdom, maturity and resilience. Old age should not just be associated with grey hair, wrinkles, reduced mobility and retirement. In fact, your 60's and 70's can be more fun and exciting than you can possibly imagine. You can age gracefully by taking the grey hair and wrinkles in your stride.
Keep an open mind and accept change
The key to aging gracefully is to accept what is in store for you. If you don't keep an open mind, then you are bound to get depressed and grouchy, also irritating people around you in the process. Yes, you will not exactly be on top of things as far as your physical body is concerned but this again is a natural and inevitable part of growing old. This acceptance will relieve you of stress, depression and help you manage your life better.
Indulge in creative activities
You may not realize it, but you enjoy a greater sense of freedom in your old age than you did in your 20's and 30's. This is because in your youth, no matter how carefree you were, there was always that thought at the back of your mind about how you must become more responsible, get a job, get into a relationship, buy a house and so on.
Now that you don't have to shoulder too many responsibilities, you can indulge in creative and spiritual pursuits. Plan a trip to the mystical east or the European countryside. Try something daring like mountain climbing or parasailing, join your local bingo club or become a contributor to your community newspaper. With a lot more time on your hands now, you can try out different activities that you couldn't enjoy in your 40's and 50's due to work and family commitments. You can even unleash your creativity by building your own blog or website.
Try to look the best you can
After a point, no amount of cosmetic procedures and botox treatments can hide your age. Grey hair isn't necessarily bad, it imparts a sophisticated, mature appearance (think Richard Gere, Steve Martin, Harrison Ford). If you have been following a strict skin care regime, then chances are that there are very few wrinkles on your face. Dress appropriately for your age and get a suitable haircut for a classy look. Enjoy and live every moment looking your best - it will give you both confidence and happiness.