August is all about ageing well – how are you going with it?
A month of tips to help us age and live well
After having fun in July with #JournalinginJuly, I’ve joined Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond for another month of prompts – this time to help us recognise how to age well and live well #AgeingWellinAugust.
In keeping with sharing an old photo, as I did in my posts Ageing Well in August #1 and Ageing Well in August #2 I’m sharing this one of me at Sweet 16 – don’t I look all bright eyed and bushy tailed? Nothing much has changed really – in my mind anyway!!
So now we’re up to Days 18-24 of August
This week’s tips also encompass some changes of attitude – making time to play, saying goodbye to negative people, reminding ourselves of the importance of self-care…..just to mention a few.
18. Stop waiting for the right time
There will never be a right time, so why are we always waiting for it to happen? If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the past few years, it’s the fact that we have to make the most of every moment. My word of the year is TIME and I feel very strongly about making the most of it. Just do it!
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?Dr. Seuss
19. Be kind to your body – stretch every day
I really need to do more stretching, I definitely don’t do it everyday! I had a bad week and I wasn’t going to go to my weekly ChiBall class on Wednesday, but decided I should get out of the house – and I’m so glad I did! It was good to have some deep calming breaths and stretches, I really needed it!
20. Make time for play
I am a big fan of playing – if you think you’re too old to play, then you’ve given up! Playing with my granddaughter is a great source of joy to both of us!
I actually wrote a whole post about playing just recently – It’s not unusual to see a grown up middle aged woman playing in the park is it?
Incorporating more fun and play into your daily life can improve the quality of your relationships, as well as your mood and outlook. Even in the most difficult of times, taking time away from your troubles to play or laugh can go a long way toward making you feel better. It’s true what they say: laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter makes you feel good. And the positive feeling that comes from laughter and having fun remains with you even after the giggles subside. Play and laughter help you retain a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.Source
21. Strengthen your body
Getting stronger is something I need to be more aware of and be more proactive about. I walk, run and cycle but lately I’ve been thinking of going back to the gym, with a friend, and starting on some upper body strengthening exercises. I literally was just talking to a friend about this yesterday! Now I just have to get onto it.
22. Say goodbye to negative people
Since finishing work I am more aware than ever, the strain that being with negative people puts on your mind, body and physical well being. It is particularly draining and a source of anguish and can contribute to mental health problems. I am now so happy I can just walk away from negative people. It’s made such a difference to me 🙂
Can you walk away or do you get caught up in all the drama of negative types?
23. Make time for self care
I am getting quite good at self-care, especially since I am now retired, and I have more flexibility. Life is generally run at a slower pace (supposedly) and I’m getting good at listening to my body.
I use blogging as a form of self-care and I wrote a post a while back about losing your mojo and settling for a mediocre life with my top 6 tips:
- Find a way to have fun or a good belly laugh – what gets you laughing?
- Do something physical – fresh air and exercise are known to help improve your mood.
- Have a break from social media – it can be very draining.
- Take note of who you’re mixing with, are they bringing you down in some way?
- Don’t isolate yourself. Get out there and mix with others, even though it can be hard to do.
- Talk to others or write your thoughts down – even if it’s on your blog, it can help just to get your thoughts out there.
24. Keep learning
I find it can be hard to push myself these days, as things are going along well and life is a bit cruisy. But learning new skills helps our brains continue ticking along as we age, so I make myself move out of my comfort zone at times.
As I’ve said before, blogging helps extend my brain power and I’m continually learning about things, using technology and social media to push me along.
I love learning from other bloggers too, how they approach situations, what to take from their experiences and maybe how I can incorporate their ideas to improve. I’ve recently run a poll on my blog about how other people actually blog and the results make interesting reading. Learning from others is often the best way!
How about you?
Do you have any thoughts on any of these tips? Do you feel like you’re ageing well and do these tips fit in with your idea of ageing ?
I’ve enjoyed jotting down my thoughts for the prompts again this week and maybe I’ve made you think about the various aspects of ageing. I hope so.
Let me know what you’re thinking by leaving me a comment. If you’ve written a post about Ageing Well in August, feel free to link up here with us.
See you next week 🙂
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