by Renea Dennison, Contributor
The end of August seems like a good time to discuss healthy aging, as September, among other things, is designated Healthy Aging Month. Hopefully you already do things to help keep your mind and body healthy and young such as eating right, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and spending time with loved ones. These steps make us all feel more healthy and energetic regardless of age.
However, a large portion of the population is now over 45, and if that includes you there may be a few more things you can do to improve your health and wellness. Here are some (paraphrased) ideas from the editors of “Healthy Aging Magazine”:
Stop acting your age. Do you look in the mirror and think about how old you are? Stop it! Instead, think of your favorite age (35, 50, etc.) and act as if you are that age.
Be positive. No complaining! To go along with this, also avoid pessimistic and complaining friends and family and negative programs such as the news. This is probably the hardest suggestion to take, but can truly make a huge difference in your life. And who knows? You may be able to influence a Debbie Downer to turn their attitude around.
Body language counts. Stand straight and tall, shoulders back and chin up. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person with your heel first. Smile. It may sound silly, but science has proven it matters.
Lonely? Make new friends by volunteering, taking a class, tutoring someone, or just invite someone out. Make a point to go out at least once a week. You can also walk your dog (a great conversation starter) or volunteer at your local animal shelter (ah…puppy love.)
Discover your inner artist. It is not too late to learn to play the piano or the violin. Take an oil painting class or learn to work with wood or anything that interests you.
Being healthy includes a healthy mind. How you live your life is up to you. Make it count!
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