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What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

Father Time can’t be stopped, so the only thing we can do to provide ourselves with graceful old age is to be content with our condition. In a society that’s obsessed with body image and avoiding aging, this natural process haunts many people. Due to the negative portrayal of seniors and growing old, many of us developed negative connotations with old age. Let’s all reverse that together by doing our best to age gracefully mentally, physically and emotionally.

Exercise your brain

In order to age gracefully and continue feeling useful and needed, you need to do your best to retain your mental sharpness. You can do that with physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, socializing, trying new tasks and solving puzzles.

Work on your spiritual health

What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

Aging gracefully involves finding ways to take care of yourself and worship your life. While many people find peace and comfort in religion, spiritual health can be, but is not directly linked to faith. With your newfound free time, you can try everything from meditation and prayer to pampering sessions or even volunteering. No matter what spiritual outlet you prefer, it’s important to find something that will feed your soul. All of these activities will allow you to continue growing and living your best life.

Remove stress

Many people who are scared of aging stress over it, which is something that can further worsen the negative effects of this natural process. Stress speeds up the cellular aging process causing inflammations and other health issues that can harm the human body. So if you’re feeling stressed, take a few deep breaths, try meditation or go for a relaxing walk. This practice will not only calm your nerves but also add years to your life.

Share time with friends

What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

It might be tricky to maintain connections in old age, but strong social networks are very important for physical, mental and emotional health. While some of the activities we used to do with people outside your household, such as having dinner, taking walks, playing games, are not recommended today (at least until we deal with the pandemic) you can still organize online hangouts.

And if you don’t have strong social connections, there are various ways to make friends in retirement, especially in assisted aged care living facilities, where you can enjoy all necessary care while spending time with your peers. These facilities also offer various low-impact exercise programs and music therapy, which boost wellbeing. Taking up new hobbies and volunteering are also good ways to meet likeminded people and create lasting friendships.

Stay fit and active

What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

According to many studies, seniors engaging in physical activity are healthier and happier. Exercise reduces physical decline, prolongs life and boosts the quality of life in all older people, so do your best to stay fit and active. If you live alone, you can easily practice seated yoga, tai chi and stretching exercises. If you enjoy more vigorous workouts, do so with trained professionals to prevent injury. These activities will maintain your physical, social and mental health and wellbeing.

Reject resistance

As we age, we usually put up some walls and try our hardest to resist exploring new things, new activities and new people. In fact, we tend to limit ourselves with our old behavioral patterns that prevent us from living potentially amazing senior years. Are you often saying phrases like “I can’t,” “It’s not for me,” “I’m not good at this, and ”X does it better?” These negative attitudes are self-defense mechanisms that try to protect you from negative experiences, but they also lead to dead ends. Rejecting these resistant mindsets is crucial to leading a joyful, satisfactory and passionate life.

Love yourself

What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully (Mentally, Physically, & Emotionally)

Your age is your badge of honor and your journey is a huge adventure. Make sure to pay respect to the days you’ve lived and meditate on the beauty that yet awaits you. Graceful aging secrets truly rest in affirmation, so honor yourself, forget all the foolish notions about aging created by society, and be sure that your journey is not over. You will find true peace and happiness once you learn how to age with grace, dignity and inner beauty.

As you age, your attitudes will change with the number of years under your belt. However, the most important thing is to let yourself evolve, own your new look and work on your happiness and peace. If you want to retain your good looks, carry yourself with confidence. All in all, you can’t avoid aging, so better embrace it and make the most out of your senior years.

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Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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