Aging with health and true inner beauty requires a courageous heart. There are steps you can take in your everyday life and routine to improve your health and overall well-being. If you’re ready to commit to these changes and live your best life, Designed Retirements shares some words of wisdom and wellness you should keep in mind.
Dress for the Life You Desire
There’s a tendency to dress purely for comfort as we age, and there’s nothing wrong with this! However, if your look is messy or frumpy, you may begin to lose some of your self-confidence. This is why we encourage you to dress in stylish clothing that also keeps you comfortable. Whether you prefer athletic looks to help you stay active or cozy leisure pieces for relaxing at home, it’s worth the investment. Just take some time to read through reviews and guides before buying from any brand.
Heal Your Health with Movement
Did you know that your health and physical activity are intrinsically connected? The more you move, the healthier and happier you will feel — and the better you feel, the more you will want to move. It’s a beautiful cycle that people of all ages should commit to in order to preserve their well-being and overall quality of life. Movement is particularly important for seniors, as well.
Want to move and improve the health of your brain? Try dancing! Experts have found that dance is an effective workout for seniors’ bodies and brains. Not only do you move your body when you dance, but you also practice coordination and balance. Connecting with others is another positive effect of staying active with dance.
If you’re a senior enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may also have access to thousands of fitness facilities around the nation through the Silver Sneakers program so you can easily stay in shape whether your exercise of choice is cycling, swimming, or weight training.
Nurture Your Connections for Prosperity
If you want to prosper in retirement, or at any other phase of your life, there are some health and wellness habits you need to maintain. Staying connected with friends, loved ones, and other people who inspire and uplift you is among the most crucial of these health routines, so take time to play and grow your relationships with others.
Of course, financial prosperity is always top of mind for older adults. More now than ever it’s important to carefully manage your money and stick to a dedicated budget. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of senior discounts or cut unnecessary expenditures that don’t really suit retired life (like a daily latte habit or regularly dining out for lunch).
Make Stress Reduction a Priority
In a perfect retirement, there is little to no stress. However, this isn’t the case for most retirees. Worries about housing and healthcare costs can lead to plenty of stress, as can the loss of peers or missing the day-to-day life of a job. You’ve earned retirement, so now is the time to make the most of it, and keeping stress at bay is crucial to maintaining physical and mental wellness.
Do something relaxing every day. This can be taking a walk in your favorite park, or practicing yoga or meditation. It can be snuggling up with a good book or spending time in the garden. Keep your home environment serene too. Eliminate clutter and disorganization, and invest in uplifting decor like potted plants, exotic geodes or even an aquarium. Really, anything that invokes calm.
Protect Your Brain Through Everyday Activities
For seniors, cognitive health is also essential. Your brain’s ability to recognize and process information allows it to perform the most basic activities, and these basic activities can help you protect your brain power as you age. The National Institute of Health recommends that seniors eat healthy diets, keep up with wellness exams, and constantly learn new hobbies. You can also keep your mind engaged by doing puzzles like crosswords.
True beauty and happiness radiate from within. That’s why it is so crucial for you to take care of your inner health and wellness as you age. At the same time, improving outward elements of yourself can also improve your self-esteem. Combine the two, and you have an effective and powerful recipe for maintaining your health, well-being, and quality of life, this year and always!