This post was written by Paul Watson.
Being kind to an older you
There comes a time in all our lives when the mirror refuses to play ball.
As we hurtle towards middle age, our dazzling shock of hair is inevitably replaced with a dull grey mane and our face becomes crinklier than Mick Jagger sunbathing in the Gobi desert. Add in an aching set of bones, not to mention a fitness regime that would make Mr Blobby look like Mr Motivator, and it’s clear to see that more candles on our birthday cakes can spell trouble.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
With boisterous grandchildren to look after and appearances to keep up, you can’t let something as trivial as middle age block your path to a happy and full life during your advancing years.
Fancy learning how to be kind to an older you? Read on …
Give Your Skin a Regular Treat
As we get older, years of sun damage, smoking and various other factors combine to cause wrinkles. Whilst wrinkles are an inevitable part of the ageing process (your skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic over time), there ARE ways to redress the balance.
Typically, your neck and jaw line are often the first places to show signs of ageing, but with the correct product – Cold Plasma Sub-D from Dr Perricone is highly recommended – you can give definition to sagging skin and sidestep that dreaded turkey neck.
Take Your Brain for a Walk
According to research carried out in the US, taking your brain for a metaphorical walk by writing, reading, completing the crossword in your newspaper or tackling a jigsaw can help stave off memory loss and reduce the onset or development of Alzheimer’s.
Over in Germany, however, researchers found that keeping your brain AND your body active is the key to getting to benefiting most. Consequently, combine 30 minutes of daily exercise – gardening or walking the dog, for example – with your mind workout for best results.
Keep On Smiling
They say that laughter is the best medicine, but did you know that a good guffaw could actually cure what ails you? According to eggheads, laughter can help with conditions like diabetes, heart disease and asthma, boosting the immune system and even shifting calories.
What’s more, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, an Oxford study has found a good laugh can have a positive effect on your symptoms for around 12 hours. With that in mind, make sure you stay in touch with your friends and folk who make you let out a big belly laugh.
Now it’s over to you …
How will you deal with the onset of middle age? What things will you do to ensure you’re kind to an older you? Please let me know by leaving a comment below – I’d love to hear from you.