As we age, life takes some unexpected turns. Between our bodies failing us in all kinds of surprising ways, and the loss of loved ones, the elderly need to be a resilient bunch. How we handle life’s now regular setbacks
has a lot to do with how we age. While some things are out of our control, the way we live has a direct impact on how we handle age, which has an effect on our overall lifestyle. It goes hand in hand in a nice circle.
How we handle a disappointment in life has a lot to do with how we view the situation. What ways do we interpret a death, or a failing body part that can affect the way we live, day to day? If you lose your freedom to walk, or drive, the way you handle this roots from your ability to be resilient, a major factor in aging well. If you view loss as a challenge, instead of a threat to your lifestyle, then you’ll be better equipped to handle the loss. In other words, it’s something to overcome instead of something that’s going to do irreversible damage.
Handle Knowledge Appropriately
They say wisdom comes from experience, and that’s true, but more specifically, it’s the application of experience that turns your knowledge into true wisdom. Your ability to remain polite to others in all circumstances, to control emotions, make good decisions when faced with a difficult problem, be self-reflective, and to learn to live with uncertainty means you’ll be better equipped to maneuver unexpected challenges in life.
Live Your Best Life
Healthy living is the ideal way to age well. What does that mean? You’ve got to live the best version of your life as possible. That means choosing the right foods to eat, keeping your social calendar full, staying active in your favorite activities, and learning to have that resilient attitude mentioned above. You should also challenge your brain in pleasurable ways. Don’t take up karate if you just hate it, but think it might be good for your balance. Find activities you enjoy, and try to build up that way. Otherwise, you just add unnecessary stress.
The people most adept at old age all have a few things in common. Take a look at this list, and engage in anything that you don’t currently integrate into your day-to-day life.
An Active Social Life – The benefits of a close connection with friends and family outweigh any pill the doctor can prescribe. Loneliness and isolation are horrible for your overall health.
Have a Mission – You need a reason to get out of bed every day. It isn’t just because it sounds like a good idea. Being needed makes you more resilient to challenges because you have a reason to bounce back.
Get Physical – You’ve been hearing it for your whole life: exercise is good for you. And it is, and you should do it, for more than your physical health. Those who have a good cardio routine are better equipped to handle stress because their hearts have been conditioned for trauma on the body.
Be Mindful – Meditation is a wonderful component of handling stress. Learning to live and appreciate the here and now relieves the stress of trouble to come.
Use Your Skills
A study with the National Academy of Sciences resulted with an interesting anecdote: the skills you learned in youth are the same ones you use to conquer old age. So some of us easily conjure emotional control, optimism, conscientiousness, and determination, and that’s because we learned this as a child. If you find these things don’t come quite so easily, don’t fret! Studies show that 65 to 75 percent of our traits are learned, rather than inherited, so you can make up for what you’re lacking now, the ship hasn’t sailed on learning life skills.
Just be sure to keep open-minded, and use that wisdom you’re developing. If you remain set in your ways, you become rigid, which is the opposite of wise. The key to aging well is to be strong, resilient, fluid, and healthy.