Life is a journey—and aging is an inevitable part of it. Often, we see and feel things that are changing for us physically, but our minds still think we are 30 years old. (Well, except for those times that we forget the name of a person we’ve known for over twenty years! It happens.)
Here’s the thing: We can either deny it, despise it, or own it. And I believe that embracing and adapting to the changing context of our lives is the key to true happiness.
Below, I have included some of my personal tips that have inspired me to not only embrace the process but enjoy it gracefully:
TIP #1: CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Think of aging as a new beginning. It’s a natural progression that can offer us wisdom, and a better understanding of ourselves and what we truly value. This opens up the opportunity to focus our energy on projects we truly care about, like our health and happiness.
Here’s a small exercise: Write a list of advice you would give your younger self. It will help you understand that with age, you have also gained experience and a perspective that mattered.
TIP #2: BE REALISTIC
As much as you might want to look 20 again, you will never be 20 again. And, that’s perfectly fine! It all comes down to not comparing yourself to anyone (especially your younger self!)
There’s no way we are “supposed” to look. Set realistic goals and focus on being the best self that you can be.
TIP #3: NOURISH YOURSELF
Often, we crave to have the same energy we did in our twenties or thirties. The good news? It’s possible. It all comes down to maintaining a nutritious diet, sticking with an exercise routine, and a positive mindset. If you fuel your body and make yourself a priority, the better you will feel—in all aspects.
For nutrition, I suggest sticking to a low-glycemic (low-sugar) diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and a few specific nutrient powerhouses:
- OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS: Fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.
- NUTS: Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.
- BERRIES: Compounds in blueberries (especially) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function.
- WATER: I know it’s not technically a “food” but think of it as one! Every organ in our body (every cell!) needs water to be the best that it can be.
For exercise, adding in endurance, strength training, flexibility, and balance is key as we age.
New research shows that regular physical activity can reduce the inflammation in the body that comes with aging, which could also help decrease your risk of developing related diseases and conditions—like heart disease, depression, decreased mental function, and loss of muscle mass. Also, the endorphins that you receive from exercise help to maintain a positive mindset—no matter what age you are.
TIP #4: EXPLORE YOUR PASSIONS
Don’t be afraid to try new things and check something off your bucket list. When you take risks, it’s a good reminder of the excitement that life has to offer at any age.
Also, never be afraid to let physical activity be a part of this! Set goals and allow yourself to achieve the things that you thought were “impossible”. It’s a GREAT confidence booster!
TIP #5: FIND YOUR TRIBE
In other words, surround yourself with women who remind you that age is truly just a number. Having fun truly is a form of self-care. Whether it’s letting loose by dancing, enjoying a glass of wine (in moderation), or planning a trip together—these moments can provide clarity on what life is truly about.