Take a minute to read and enjoy an article written by guest author Jennifer McGregor.
As much as everyone would like to find a magic bullet to stop the aging process, nothing can actually turn back the hands of time when it comes to getting older. Especially after 50, you may begin to notice changes in your skin, hair, weight and energy levels even if you are in good health overall.
That doesn’t mean you need to accept feeling old, however; the good news is that there are many factors you can control to look and feel your best. Read on for advice from Natures Bath & Body that can help you thrive!
There’s no getting around it: research and science consistently report these to be the basic tenets of health and wellness at any age:
- A healthy, balanced diet
- Regular exercise
- 7-9 hours of sleep every night
- Proper hydration (6-8 glasses of water each day)
- A healthy gut (foods and vitamins that promote immune system support, probiotics)
It can be challenging at times to tackle everything on that list every single day, but if you are consistently aiming for it and making progress, you’re off to a great start. Beyond those basics, there are a few unexpected ways you can feel younger.
- Improve Your Environment
A clean, organized, even beautiful environment promotes peace, tranquility and focus, which can reduce stress levels significantly. You may notice negative energy rising in your home due to clutter. ArchDaily explains even lighting can affect your mood, and so can the quality of air and any scents and sounds. All of these factors can impact how you feel from day to day and over time as well. Try incorporating these things into your home or work environment:
- Quotes or images that are encouraging and uplifting to you
- Good task lighting for work, mood lighting (soy candles from Natures Bath & Body are a great option) for relaxation
- An air purifier
- A diffuser with essential oils, such as lavender, citrus or eucalyptus
- Better climate control and sound management, to increase comfort levels and limit distraction
- Improve Your Relationships
According to Texas A&M Health, studies show a direct link between social relationships and a person’s health all throughout life. Obviously, this can be either a positive or a negative correlation. Social isolation and unhealthy relationships can negatively affect how you feel physically, how you feel about yourself and how you feel about life in general. Positive, healthy relationships, on the other hand, make life happier and more rewarding.
Take time to reflect on and assess the quality of relationships in your life. There are many ways you can improve them, from spending more time together to seeking conflict resolution, relationship coaching or even therapy.
- Improve Your Sense of Well-Being
Even otherwise-healthy people over 50 often experience pain or discomfort due to tension, physical activity and aging in general. Experiencing chronic discomfort can interfere with your sense of well-being and happiness and make you feel older than you really are. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources out there that can help you address it.
A place to start your examination when trying to relieve chronic tension is your relationship with work. For many people, trying to achieve a sense of work-life balance is an ongoing process. However, making the effort to evaluate your priorities and change patterns of behavior can lead to a more balanced life and reduced tension.
Meditating can reduce stress and improve your mood. Scheduling a regular massage can be good for your body, mind and soul. Researchers are finding more scientific (along with anecdotal) evidence that CBD products can be beneficial for pain relief, arthritis, anxiety and brain health. Finally, increasing your activity level, no matter what level you’re at now, not only improves your sense of well-being but can also ease pain and improve your strength, flexibility, balance and energy.
Just because your driver’s license says you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you have to feel like you are. Focusing first and foremost on the foundations of healthy living is the key to looking and feeling great no matter how old you are. Once you’ve addressed those things, working on creating a healthier environment, healthier relationships and a better self-care and pain management routine can maximize the benefits of your already-healthy lifestyle.