I think it is safe to say that most of us like to feel like we are in control. Well, one thing we totally have no control over is aging. So, here are some thoughts on how to try to make this chapter in our life as positive as possible.
Those of us who are 60 years old and older can proudly say we are now the fastest-growing group! The first tip is to be ‘ok’ with aging. I agree, no one enjoys the new aches, pains, extra weight, new wrinkles and grey hair, but how can we embrace this chapter in our life?
The sooner we accept that we are now entering this new chapter with a positive attitude the better it will be for us psychologically. Attitude is key in how we feel, if we have a negative attitude, we can expect to feel depressed, have more aches and pains, feel more tired, less energy and feel more stressed. Yes, attitude is at the top of the list of how to stay positive.
Staying active is key to having a positive attitude. Getting outside for some fresh air and sunshine at least a ½ hour or more a day does wonders. Whether you ride bike, play tennis or golf, swim or take a walk, these activities will boost your endorphins which will boost your mood and attitude.
Eating healthy can also create a much more positive outlook on life. Good nutrition not only helps with energy levels but also causes a person to look younger because you feel younger.
When a person lives alone it isn’t much fun to cook for yourself, so invite other single friends over and make it a festive event. Prepare foods with lots of color and texture incorporating all the food groups – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats. This also helps us to stay connected with other people. When we are with others we tend to forget about our own aches and pains and use our energy to serve others. Also spending time with other people who have a positive attitude helps us to stay positive too!!
Another area that can help people stay positive may not be for everyone, but for me personally, I strongly support having a pet. I have a small dog who greets me every morning and every day when I get home with such love. There are times that the last thing I want to do is to take Ralphie outside at night but when I do, I am blessed with such amazing sights and sounds that I would have missed. One night the sky was just alive with stars and another night the owls were so busy calling back and forth it just lightened my heart and brought a smile to my face, all because Ralphie had to go for one last walk in the evening.
So, whatever it takes, focus on the positives in your life and when the negatives show up step back and try to see how you can turn it into a positive. Attitude plays a huge role in our lives and can determine how we spend the final years of our life. I want to go out with a smile on my face and an Attitude of Gratitude in my heart.
– Laurel Hed