As we grow older, our bodies gradually deteriorate. This downtrend triggers negative emotions and throws us off balance mentally. Well, one cannot prevent the wheel of time from spinning, but it is certainly possible to slow down this imminent process.
The thing is: we have to fight harder in order to preserve your health, boost the quality of life, and maintain independence. This battle is waged every day, through our choices, habits, and efforts. Only these stepping stones can propel you toward a happy and fulfilled life.
Regular exercise and physical activity hold the key to good health. An overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows that it can ward off and alleviate various chronic health conditions. These include heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, etc. So, it is time to ditch sedentary behaviour and build a more active lifestyle.
No, you do not have to go to the gym every day to reap the benefits. Find something you like and enjoy doing. Ride a bicycle to work, get a dog, go swimming, or play sports. Formulate a balanced regimen with muscle-building, aerobic, balance, and stretching exercises. Consult your doctor before jumping into it.
Another supporting pillar of health and well-being comes in the form of nutrition. The chief problem is that the modern diet is full of imbalances and nuisances you would be wise to avoid. For instance, the majority of adults in the US consume double the daily recommended amount of sodium and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease that way.
The issues usually stem from consumption of pre-packaged, heavily-processed, sugar-saturated, and canned food. Therefore, you need to educate yourself on healthy nutrition and start cooking more rather than eating out. Stick to foods packed with nutrients: fruits, vegetables, unsaturated fats, and whole grains. You can have a cheat day every now and then, but that is it.
Cognitive decline is an integral part of ageing. That is to say that your brain needs maintenance, just like any other part of the body. So, expose it to various stimuli through active learning. Never stop challenging yourself. Take on a hobby you always wanted to pursue, learn a new language, read a lot. Try not to isolate yourself in a social bubble.
Schedule some time for friends, family, and neighbours. Take part in communal activities. This interaction will also keep depression and gloomy thoughts at bay: you will not feel lonely and passive. What is more, a mentally active life is a great way to steer clear of serious issues like Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts one in eight adults in the US.
A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE
Many illnesses, accidents, and conditions are preventable. You can, for example, take time to make your living environment safer to reduce the risks of slips and falls. Then again, medical intervention is required from time to time. It is highly advisable to schedule annual physical and other examinations whenever you have a health concern.
Feel free to ask questions and state your preferences: assume an active role in boosting your health. As for those with limited mobility and serious conditions, they may need more extensive support. Luckily, there are reliable aged care support services that allow elderly people to easily get in touch with support workers. These professionals are trained and motivated to help patients lead a happier life.
Stress is the great plague of our time, one that often operates silently. Long-term exposure to it damages brain cells and impedes your happiness. Moreover, it leaves you more vulnerable to fatigue, various illnesses, and memory loss. So, it is crucial to realize that in the aging process, both the stressors and our ability to deal with them undergo changes.
There are various tactics to go about this, some of which we already mentioned (nutrition and exercise). At this point, we would like to underline the importance of getting enough rest and sleep. For most people, between seven and nine hours is optimal. Relaxation techniques like circular breathing and yoga help as well.
WINDS OF CHANGE
As we age, it becomes more challenging to look after our health, happiness, and well-being. One thing is for certain— wishful thinking does not make it so. Your everyday habits and actions play a vital role. They add up and make a big difference in the long run. So, be more active, physically and socially. Work out a healthy dietary plan. Do not neglect mental health. Stay vigorous and emotionally stable. Rest assured that it is never too late to make a positive change.
Stella Van Lane.