AGING GRACEFULLY: FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Betty White, actor, comedienne 90+ yrs old
The desire to Age Gracefully is what drives people to buy expensive skin care products, have plastic surgery, lie about their age and more. Truthfully, Aging Gracefully is a holistic process that begins from the inside out.
Most of us don’t think we have any control over the aging process. I’m here to prove that we do have more power over this process than we realize. We do have choices: we can change nothing and let nature takes its course or we can do something -make healthy lifestyle changes. Real health insurance means living a healthier life, beginning right here and right now.
Some think aging means – we grow old, we have pain, we get sick. The good news is that my Aging Gracefully program challenges the belief that your body, mind and spirit will rapidly decline, and you’ll become a helpless, useless member of society. Quite the contrary, you’ll have more energy, be more creative and have more joy.
We will focus on learning how to make simple lifestyle changes in: diet, exercise, thinking patterns, stress management techniques, socializing, deep breathing, rest and recreation, laughter and humor, brain training,
hydration, dancing and more.
TIPS TO AGE GRACEFULLY: FROM THE INSIDE OUT
FIND PRACTICAL WAYS TO ALTER HOW YOU DEAL WITH STRESS
Get regular massages. Breathe deeply. Share feelings and concerns with friends. Create a social life. Exercise. Dance. Meditate. Eat healthy foods. Reduce sugar and caffeine intake. Adequate sleep.
DEVELOP CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS
Meet regularly with friends, in person or on the phone. Create social events.
Spend the day with a friend.
CONTINUE LEARNING AND INCREASE BRAIN FUNCTION
Learn a new skill. Develop art and craft. Buy a camera and become a photographer. Crossword puzzles. Word games. Exercise.
USE AND APPRECIATE YOUR SENSES
TOUCH: walk barefoot on the grass or sand. HEAR: listen to ocean waves and birds. SEE: observe beautiful flowers. SMELL: inhale aromas in a bakery, pizza place, restaurant. TASTE: try new foods in a restaurant.
LAUGH AND PLAY OFTEN
Norman Cousins, Anatomy of An Illness, recovered with laugh therapy. Watch funny movies. Read funny stories and books. Watch babies, kitten or puppy.
BE AWARE OF YOUR FEELINGS AND SHARE THEM
Unexpressed feelings are reflected on your face as age lines. Talk to friends. Journal.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE NOW, NOT LATER
Travel. Dance. Walk. Write. Sing. Act. Garden.
RESPECT AND APPRECIATE YOUR HEALTH
Eat healthy foods. Get 6-8hrs sleep. Drink 6-8 glasses water/day. Exercise daily. Eat small meals. Dance. Avoid white sugar, flour, rice and pasta. Eat only whole foods. Eat 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies/day.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. This means you’re dehydrated. Drink 8-10 glasses of clean water/day. Don’t leave home without your water bottle. Dry skin, dry hair, dry mouth may be the result of insufficient water in your body.
SHARE YOUR LOVE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Volunteer. Bake a cake for a new neighbor. Visit someone in the hospital. Do an errand for someone who’s homebound.
Hair, nails, pedicures, massages, facials. “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30-50 years.” Deepak Chopra