Aging: Not Just For The Young Anymore

Whoever said that age is a virtue must not have looked in the mirror after waking up. Aging can be tough, especially as wrinkles and gray hair start appearing and your middle starts widening. These things happen to all of us, and one of the best things you can do is cultivate an attitude of acceptance.

Eating legumes like beans and lentils are a yummy and easy way to stay looking young. Beans are an amazingly rich source of minerals that will keep your skin looking its best. These minerals help your skin hydrate which in turn keeps you looking young for years to come.

It is never too late to quit smoking for in order to slow aging. Smoking not only increases the risk of lung cancer and emphysema, it is associated with a number of other cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a decreased resistance to illness. Of course, it also has a terrible effect on skin. By quitting smoking, the aging process can be more comfortable and you can extend your life expectancy.

Your home is your refuge. Fill it with the things that you love. If you love to be around your family, fill it with them. If they cannot be around as often as you would like, fill it with the things that remind you of them. If animals make you happy, adopt a pet that you can love.

Take the time each day to enjoy the simple things in life. It could be a simple flower growing in the garden, or a smile on a child’s face. These things will give you joy and the more joy you have in your life, the more youthful you will feel throughout it.

Keep your friendships alive, and the aging process will be one of enjoyment. By working at these friendships, you are providing yourself with fuel, which gives you energy and provides you with love. Remember, that you are never too old to begin new friendships. Your new friend could be sitting at the next table to you in the coffee shop.

If you find that you are feeling lonely when you are at home, consider getting a pet. They are wonderful companions and will provide you with company when no one else is around. Be sure that you pick the pet that will work out the best for you. If you do not want to commit to just one pet, consider being a foster home for animals in shelters.

However, aging should be seen as an opportunity to enjoy the free time and wisdom that you have earned throughout the rest of your life. If you include only those things and people in your life that you truly care about, you will enjoy getting older.

Macy P. Trevino
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