Age Gracefully

3 Ways to Age Gracefully that You Haven’t Heard Before

Last week we talked about five things you can do to start waking up happy. Did you try any of them this past week?

Hopefully, you’re waking up happier, but this week we want to turn our focus to aging. Aging is inevitable, although you may not like the idea of growing older. However, there are several things you can do to age gracefully. Here are a few you may not have heard of:

1 – Become a Social Butterfly
If you want to age gracefully, it’s essential to stay socially connected. By taking part in activities and maintaining friendships, research suggests you may live longer. Social interaction also improves mental health and improves emotional well-being.

2 – Try Brain Aerobics
Many individuals experience mental decline along with aging, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to age gracefully, start doing brain aerobics. Mentally stimulating activities can benefit brain health in aging adults. It’s never too late for you to get started. Try meditation, puzzles, brain games, or even blogging. Learning something new is always great for brain health, too, so don’t be afraid to take up a new hobby or try out a fun class.

3 – Find Ways to Reduce Stress
Stress triggers the release of excess adrenaline and cortisol, which can affect your health over time. Stress can weaken your immune system, wreak havoc on your mental health, and even make you age faster. Meditation, deep breathing, yoga, walking outdoors, or tai chi can all help to lower stress levels. which prevents premature aging and helps you age gracefully.

Although you can’t control everything that’s going on in the body and brain as you age, you can make lifestyle choices and manage your outlook. Along with these three little-known tips for aging gracefully, remember – your attitude about aging is half the battle. A positive attitude makes a huge difference.

Check back next week. We’ll be back with some popular brain myths and the real truth behind them. You won’t want to miss it!

 

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