How to Age Happy: 3 Ways to Have a Fulfilled Life
Just because you have a few grey hairs doesn’t mean you can’t feel your best at your age. They’re actually a reminder for you to celebrate and fill your life with days full of happiness.
But how do you stay happy and healthy as you go through the changes that come with getting older?
Below are helpful tips to preserve your wellbeing to live life in good health, whatever your age may be.
1. Stay healthy as you age.
Your best strategy to prevent chronic illness and lengthy hospital stays is to look after your health. Treasure the body you have now for it will lengthen the time you have here on earth. As you age, the relationship you have with food will change together with your body.
- Eat high-fiber fruits, whole grains, high-protein meat and vegetables. Your taste buds will change and your appetite will not be the same, but your nutritional needs are still as important as ever.
- Be wary of dehydration. As you age (and also depending on how physically active you are), you become more prone to dehydration because the sense of thirst gets reduced even as the kidneys become less efficient in conserving water.
Make sure you drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Note as well that certain medications can dry the body out.
- Take supplements. As you get older, it becomes harder for your body to acquire all the vitamins and minerals that you need. By taking Niagen supplements, you can increase your NAD levels which are essential for cells to convert food into your needed energy.
- Aim to be active. Go jogging, walking, swimming or any physical activities for at least half an hour daily. Sweating keeps your body fit and energized which help you continue to do the things you love.
- Get enough sleep. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and cool, and your bed is comfortable to sleep in. Noise, heat and light can lessen your chances of getting the right amount of sleep.
2. Cope with change.
To age happily means you should continue to reinvent yourself even as you grow older. Find new things to enjoy, stay active and always stay connected with your peers and loved ones.
Unfortunately for most people, aging brings fear and anxiety instead. So build your resilience and look for ways to cope with the challenges of aging. You’ll soon realize that you’re stronger than you think.
- Focus on the things you are thankful for.
- Learn to acknowledge and express your feelings for others.
- Understand and accept that there are things you can’t change.
- Get involved in the community, clubs, or any social activities.
- Never stop looking for opportunities for personal growth.
3. Stay connected.
One of the biggest challenges you’ll face as you age is how your support system changes. Staying connected is not that easy when you get old. Retirement, illness and death can take away your family members and close friends. And the older you get, the more people you lose.
This is a sad fact, but don’t let it detach you from the world. Don’t isolate yourself and find ways to reach out and connect with others. In old age, it’s also best that you have someone at home who’ll give you compassionate nursing care. Along with staying healthy, keeping yourself social can have the most impact on your health.
Having people you can turn to for support is your cushion against depression, loneliness, disability and loss. The good news is, there are a lot of ways to socialize.
- Connect with your friends and family. Even if they’re not close by, you can chat, call or email them regularly to keep your relationships active.
- Make new friends. Make new connections with people who are younger than you. Younger people will help you see life from a new perspective and re-energize you.
- Give back to the community to meet other people and strengthen social bonds. The purpose and meaning you find in helping others will enrich your life.
Don’t follow age stereotypes. If you want to have a truly fulfilled life, find something you enjoy and go out to do it! If your health problems interfere, find a way to work around them and still do things that matter.
Old age doesn’t mean your life is over. Always find something positive in every challenge and definitely, you’ll enjoy your golden years with a happy disposition.
Frank L. Jaksch Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of ChromaDex. He oversees research, strategy and operations for the Company with a focus on scientific and novel products for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Mr. Jaksch earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Valparaiso University