Old age is associated with a steady decline and sickness. Most people are scared of growing old as they may not be prepared to face the loneliness, the body’s loss of energy, the discrimination from people around us. Growing old is inevitable, but we have the power to delay the aging process. How to do this? The answer is simple. We have to practice healthy habits regularly to take care of ourselves fully.
Recently, information on taking care of ourselves comes in handy. We learned them from school, on the Internet, from health workers. But have we been keen on practicing healthy habits that will make us lead a healthy lifestyle? We want to look younger all the time, but have we examined our life and checked if our habits are toxic or healthy? It’s not yet too late. You can change your lifestyle now and make your life longer later on.
Stop smoking now.
Looking for a good reason to quit smoking? Smoking is linked to the development of premature wrinkles and other unpleasant changes in one’s appearance. The longer and more frequent you smoke, the more likely you will develop age-associated changes to your face. Afraid of developing crow’s-feet, pronounced lines, uneven skin complexion, a grayish tone, deep creases, or puffiness below the eyes? Stop smoking now! Aside from doing damage to your skin, it also causes your lungs and other organs to overwork.
Eat healthy. Make your plate colorful.
We are what we eat. Needless to say, diet affects our overall health and wellness. And thus, whatever you eat may either make you live longer or lead you to an early death. What are the foods that cause premature aging? You may not want to know this, but sugar damages your skin. In glycation, sugar may contribute to the formation of free radicals that may lower your skin’s health. The more sugary your diet is, the more likely you will age fast.
Instead, fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables. Make it a part of your lifestyle to ditch artificial sugars and embrace the natural goodness of garden-fresh produce. Prioritize anti-aging foods rich in fiber, lycopene, and other antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals. Feast on tomatoes, berries, lettuce, and other green leafy vegetables. Consider including dark chocolate or green tea in your diet.
Take care of your skin.
Taking care of your skin may need major changes in your lifestyle. Do you like spending time outdoors? The next time you go out biking or swimming, protect your skin with a sunblock lotion that is gentle on your skin but with high SPF. Also, make it part of your daily routine to wash your face at least twice a day. Suffering from acne? Consider treating your face with benzoyl peroxide face wash products. Benzoyl peroxide may also be found in skin creams and toner. To be sure if a product suits you, consult a dermatologist to avoid allergies and side effects. To maintain that supple glow, consider using a moisturizer every day. There are glow-boosting lotions with SPF that moisturizes and protects your skin at the same time. Above all, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fruit juices.
Smile. Maintain a positive outlook in life.
Many older people complain of suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Our mental health greatly influences the conditions of our organs and our overall wellbeing. Sad people are more likely to get sick very easily. We can still change this! Smile. Live the moment. Be grateful for what you have. Life is short, and we have to enjoy every moment of it. When your sad, why not share a hearty laugh with a friend instead! Aging gracefully is not just about physical health but also about mental wellbeing too!
Get enough Sleep
As we grow older, we tend to spend long hours at work, thereby neglecting our body’s basic need to get seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Sleep is essential in relaxing our body’s organs so that they may recharge again for another day’s hustle. Sleeping also aids in the development of new cells and the repair and replacement of old ones. With this, we should strive to get enough rest and sleep to take care of our body organs, including the skin, to look young and supple all the time.
It’s not yet too late to make certain lifestyle changes if the goal is to live healthily and live longer. Accommodating new habits may be hard at first. Some people are reluctant, scared, or skeptical to change them. But every effort is worth it in the long run.
Keep a journal to track your development. Also, consider sharing your health goals with a counselor, a family member, or a buddy who will alert you if you are reverting to your old, negative habits again. Above all, trust in yourself that you can make a difference!