10 Tips for Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy as You Age

When it comes to life, we all need to make sure that we’re trying our best to take better care of ourselves. Now, this isn’t always the easier thing to do. Life can get busy and we may find ourselves on the go a lot. And when that’s the case, our health and wellbeing can often come last. But in order to ensure that we age well and that our minds and bodies do us justice the older we get, we have to give them a helping hand now. So in this blog post, we’re going to take a look at ten tips to help us do exactly that.

Why is it Important?

So first of all, we’re going to look at why this matters. Maybe you’re of the belief that you’re just going to get older and there’s not much you can do about it. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth. If you can start to take better care of your mind and body today, it’s going to support you so much more as you continue to age. It’s all about doing what you can now to make your life easier and healthier the older you get.

1. Drink More Water

First of all, we have to start with the idea of making sure that you’re staying hydrated and drinking more water in life. This is always going to be something that will help your health tremendously. Being hydrated is essential for your energy levels, digestion, lubricating your joints, and so much more. It’s a simple thing that can go a long way.

2. Prioritize Your Sleep

Next up, you’re going to want to take a look at your sleep. You may not know it, but having a healthy sleep schedule can make such a difference in your life. Here it’s all about doing what you need to do to create the best possible routine for yourself. This can include the idea of cutting back on caffeine, reducing your screen time in the evenings, and starting to wind down ahead of time to help your body relax and get ready for sleep.

3. Focus on Movement

Then we have the idea of the exercise that you’re doing. Even if you don’t love heading to the gym and training intensively, exercise is good at regulating your body’s temperature, giving you energy, helping you sleep, and so much more. So it’s about finding a source of exercise that you can enjoy and that makes you feel good. This could be yoga or running, sports or hiking – it can be anything that you are able to do consistently and enjoy.

4. Nail Your Nutrition

Then you’re going to want to take a look at what you’re eating and make sure that you’re being as healthy as you can. It’s never about dieting or being tough on yourself, but more so about balance. By making sure that you have the right mix of nutrients and fuelling your body, you’ll notice the difference in how you feel.

5. Balance Your Hormones

Another thing that you might want to do is to think about balancing out your hormones more. This may not be something that you struggle with, but if it is, then you’ll want to think about things like progesterone cream or hormonal therapies to help you. It will always be worth speaking to your doctor about this, just to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to help with any hormone imbalances that you experience.

6. Practice Mindfulness

Then we need to take a stronger look at your mental health. It’s all about making sure that you’re centered and calm, even when things are not looking as they should in your lie. Being able to handle things better and equip yourself with skills is important – with mindfulness being one of them. Meditation can come in handy here and truly change your life. It’s all about doing what you can to stay calm.

7. Get Outside

Next up, you’re then going to want to think about getting outside a bit more too. If you’re always indoors or you don’t take time to rest and get out into nature, it can really affect your mental health. Yet, being outside and in nature can make a huge difference in how you feel in yourself. Not only that, but going for a walk could really help you to clear your mind in stressful situations – the walk can really help you.

8. Socialize

Then we have the idea of being around others. It’s not always easy for you to make this happen but human interaction can be so incredibly crucial for your health. Making sure that you spend time with loved ones can be what really helps you to feel better in moments where your mind isn’t as happy as it could be.

9. Avoid Toxins

Then we have to think about some of the toxins that you’ll be exposing yourself to in life and what you can do about that. You won’t ever want to find yourself harming your health by ingesting too many without realizing it. This is why it’s a good idea to try and use as many natural products in your life as you can. It can be in the form of cleaning products, household products, beauty products, and more.

10. Do More of What You Love

Finally, this can sound like a bit of a controversial one, but it can really make all the difference. It’s always going to be important for you to do what you love in life. If you’re stuck in a bit of a rut in life, you may find that it ends up making you feel unhappy. This can really have a negative, knock-on effect on your life, particularly over a long period of time. So you need to make sure that you’re starting to prioritize the things that you love in life and filling your free time with activities that fill you with joy.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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