Growing older brings with it some problems and let’s be honest, it’s always going to be health that’s the number one worry for anyone heading past middle-age. But ageing doesn’t have to be the scary process that many of us fear. Instead finding ways of making sure we take care of our health, from a great diet to regular health check ups, will take us into older age with a smile on our faces.
In this blog we give you three top tips for taking on ageing and winning.
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By which we mean, stop putting your health and needs second to everyone else and deliberately set aside time to check in with your physical and mental health to see how’re feeling. That ache in the bottom of your back, get on the phone and book an appointment with an osteopath. Another request to babysit when you’re already snowed under and exhausted? That’s going to have to be a hard no.
You’ve earnt the right to take your foot off the gas a little and enjoy life in your way at your pace. So be firm in your intentions to put your health first.
Get Check Up
Those routine tests you’ve ignored over the years – get them done. If you know you’re hearing isn’t as good as it was then get a test and start making every moment more memorable with improved hearing that helps you stay better connected to those around you.
The same is true of your eyes and a general health MOT to find out what, if anything, needs addressing in your physical health. If you know you might benefit from a little more movement in your life, find something you love doing, whether that’s a daily walk or salsa dancing. Incorporate a little something every day for greater health and longevity.
Don’t Neglect Your Brain
Your mental health and agility is equally as vital to keep tabs on. If you’ve suffered from depression or other mental illnesses in the past, make sure that any medication you’re taking is still working well and whatever you do, don’t struggle on in silence.
Keep sharp and improve your memory as you age with games and challenges that keep you focused. From crosswords to picking up a guitar to learn, these things will keep you alert even as your body starts to slow down.
Everyone gets older but there’s nothing in the rulebook that says you have to do it gracefully or in any style other than your own. Just make sure your health is at the heart of whatever you do. Embrace the power to say no and think about how you’re physically and mentally feeling.
Get those check-ups done that you need to do and make sure that you address any ongoing issues that you’ve avoided so far. It’s your life, on your terms and it’s time to start embracing a happy, healthy future as you grow older without missing out on any of the fun.