5 Tips For Graceful Aging
Aging is inevitable and getting older means you are most likely going to be out of shape and dealing with sagging and wrinkled skin. However, we all have a choice to grow old gracefully and there are ways to slow down the aging process.
Here are 5 simple tips to age beautifully and gracefully.
- Get enough sleep
To make sure you get enough sleep every day, create a relaxing routine before bedtime. You can take a warm bath and read your favorite book while having a cup of chamomile or lavender tea. This bedtime routine will help you to relax and fall asleep easier at night. If you have sleep apnea, consider an anti-snoring mouthguard or mouthpiece — this device can help you get a good night’s rest. Also, avoid using your mobile phone, computer and other gadgets, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Having a good night’s sleep has many health benefits for seniors. It improves immune system, repair damaged cells and tissues.
- Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet
Drinking plenty of water can reduce stroke and heart attack risk. It also improves our metabolism and the skin elasticity. Always carry a bottle or tumbler with you, so you will remember to drink more water at all times. Sipping a cup of green tea is also a great way to reduce stress and age well. Having a balanced diet helps us to avoid any age-related issues or diseases. Eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low sodium foods. There are antioxidants in vegetables and fruits that reverse the signs of aging.
- Be active
We tend to lose muscle and muscle strength as we age. And, one of the keys to a healthy body is exercise. Do some aerobic and strength exercises like walking, jogging, swimming, biking, lifting weights and other endurance workout to increase your heart rate and to make your muscles stronger. Exercise is also good for the skin and it slows cell aging. Research shows that having a regular exercise can help to prevent many common diseases.
- Avoid stress
Stress affects our body in many ways — it increases blood pressure and suppresses the immune system. Learn to cope up with stress by trying yoga or meditation and look for a senior’s yoga class in your community. Yoga is a mental and body exercise that can help to lower stress, anxiety and depression. Bible journaling, painting, pottery, jewelry making, crocheting and sewing are some of the stress relieving activities for seniors that promotes mindfulness and creativity.
- Take care of your skin
Don’t forget to take care of your skin and have a great skin care routine. Always protect your skin by wearing sunscreen everyday and wear gloves while doing housework or gardening. Use a good cleanser and skin moisturizer to hydrate your skin and avoid using products that have harsh chemicals. Exfoliating and using a facial mask at least once a week will make your skin softer, smoother and brighter. It also reduces wrinkles and skin damage.
Learning how to deal with stress is an essential to grow and age gracefully. Take care of your mind, body and soul and just focus on the good things. Visit your dentist and doctor regularly to maintain your overall health. And, bring more joy and happiness into your life by spending your time with your loved ones.