Is there an art to aging gracefully?
Although we never have any guarantees in this journey of life, we do know that each day we are aging. But are we aging gracefully? Is there an art to aging gracefully?
Let’s talk about this. The joy of each day is of course up to us. How we choose to walk into each moment., or interact. And there are several things that make aging a bit more effortless. Are you prepared for getting older?
I dont know about you, but I was always more concerned with the now then the tomorrow. But in certain instances, like financial stability, I have learned it certainly helps to ease worry if we are prepared for getting older.
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Nothing in life is ever really that guaranteed. Love comes and goes, friends come and go, and even your career or family life can be a bit rocky from time to time.
So you can often feel like you can’t really prepare for anything in your life at all. However, there’s one thing that’s for sure – you’re going to age. In fact, we’re aging all of the time.
And although you can’t always know how well you’re going to age or how it will feel, you can prepare for it. Yes, you’ll want to focus on the now and being with your family, but it’s also smart to make sure that you’re thinking ahead and prepared for what’s to come.
Whether you’re in your twenties or thirties or even middle-age, there’s so much you can do today to make a difference.
First of all, it’s always important for you to be able to stay fit. As you age, you’ll start to use your body less – because you’re older and you feel like you should.
You stop working and you’re often less social. So, your body then stops working as well as it did – just because it’s not in use.
However, if you want to ensure that you can stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible, you need to prioritize your fitness today. When you stay on top of your exercise and activity levels, you’ll stay fitter in your old age.
So do try new things, like dancing lessons, or yoga, or find a walking buddy. Take days to just do adventures even around your city. Work on inspiring yourself!
Keeping Your Mind Active
Alongside your body, it’s very common for your mind to change. It’s not always guaranteed that you’re going to keep your wits about you and enjoy a healthy mind right through your senior years.
As someone in her sixties, I can tell you that when I am looking for my glasses and they are on my head, it is a bit disconcerting, grin. But there are studies also saying that forgetting is just a natural aging process. It does not mean automatically that dementia is setting in.
Oh and my favorite one is hurrying up to get something in the next room and then when I get there, oops what did I come in here for? Oh yup…does that happen to you?
And I have also learned that being intellectually stimulated has truly changed my brain activity. Since I have started this blog, I am so much more focused and alert. Not only do I love what I am doing, but each day, I am learning something new.
And the lovely extra, is that I speak to people all over the world. Talk about fun and intrigue!
So that means there are new connections happening daily, which truly keep us young feeling and thinking as well as vibrant.
But you can work to make sure that you keep your mind sharp as much as you can. So be proactive with this, read and do puzzles to really keep your mind active.
And the more we are willing to be creative the more we step into thriving. From art, to business, to community. So many ways to create!
Looking After Your Health
From here, you’re then going to want to think about looking after your health a little more.
If you take the time to eat well, get a good night’s sleep, rest your mind, and avoid stress, you’ll not only be living well today,.
And you’ll be prolonging the health of your body during your senior years too.
Planning For The Future to Age Gracefully
It’s never too early to be prepared for what’s to come. Whether you want to look into a private suite senior health care option for yourself, or you’re doing it for a family member, make sure that you take note – especially if it could come in handy for you in the not too distant future.
Research what you need, the costs, and make a plan for the future. It’s better to know what you want and what to expect.
And if you are single, do find ways to insure that you are having the option to be part of a community that will enliven your day and heart. Having community is truly the antidote to boredom and loneliness. And nothing makes us age faster than either of those.
Being Financially Ready for Aging Gracefully
And finally, you also know that you need to prepare financially.
So as much as it’s healthy to live in the present, make sure that you’re thinking ahead with your finances, putting money away, and prepared for your retirement too.
SUMMARY TO THE ART OF AGING GRACEFULLY
Aging gracefully, is indeed an art. It is the choice to be in a space of appreciating and living in gratitude. Aging is also the ability to forge new communities and broach new subject.
I think very differently now about aging. I see the joy of what was, and the absolute sense of discovery of what is coming. Aging gracefully is not just words to me. It means that I have the choice to be vibrant and thriving no matter what my physical body says.
And it means that even if I had not put all my ducks in a row previously, I still have the opportunity to make whatever adjustments I need to do now.
If you are much yonnger than me, do truly take stock of your finances. Take advantage of all the savings you have at your disposal. Or find extra streams of income to augment your savings.
Here is to this journey of aging gracefully. We can make this choice to do it well and easily. And when we do that, we allow ourselves later in life to find new interests, joys and even love.
And do build in laughter to each day! No matter the age, laughter is so healthy for us all.
I wish us all a most amazing path to aging gracefully, with love and compassionate grace..oh and don’t forget the joy!
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
“living one heart-centric moment at a time”