Life is short, and we all have to die, which is why it is not so much about living longer, but it is more about living happily and healthily and doing the right things to achieve healthy longevity.
Follow the four tips below to age better.
If you want to age well and live a long and healthy life, you will want to eat as if your life depended on it. Ideally, you should use the power of food to make the right choices and to boost your physical, mental, and emotional health.
As you get older, you will want to increase the portions of whole foods that you consume and simultaneously reduce the amount of processed foods. You will want to change your perspective regarding food. Food is not only something you consume to fill your stomach when you are hungry, but it acts like the fuel that your body needs to function properly.
So, every bite or spoon of food that you consume either feeds illness or fights it. In most cases, people take better care of their property, such as their cars, than their bodies. For instance, they might be very careful about what they put in their car but don’t pay much attention to what they are putting in their mouths.
Ideally, you will want to consume foods that come in their own wrappers, such as bananas, oranges, and veggies.
You should try reducing the stress levels that you are experiencing. This might require you to take some sort of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness means that you shift your focus, and instead of dwelling on the past or future, you will want to focus on the present moment or what you are doing right now.
Your mind should be focused on the attention of what you are doing right now. Here is what happens: too many times, our mind drifts away. It drifts into the past, where we think about things that happened and that weren’t good and caused us pain.
Thinking about past events then aggravates us and gets us angry. We might also think about things that are in the future, and then we worry about the future. And most of the things that we worry about never come about. It is in human nature to think about the past and the future.
This aimless wandering of the mind between the past and the future causes worry and anger, and these stressors immobilize us and lead to health problems – sometimes to the extent that we get depressed and struggle with leaving the house, which is where the importance of virtual care comes in.
By opting for virtual care, you can see the healthcare provider from the comfort of your house and improve your mental and physical health.
In case you are wondering what this system is about, we are here to tell you that Qigong is the Chinese wellness system. This system is easy, as you have nothing to memorize, and you can do it even when you are sitting or standing, as it comprises simple movements that help energize your body and decrease the stress level simultaneously.
Qigong is similar to tai chi and can massively improve sleep quality and fight the symptoms of fatigue. It is also effective for minimizing depressive symptoms and releasing stress.
Apart from Qigong, you will want to keep your body moving. We already know that sitting is the new smoking. Many people simply don’t get out of their bed or sofa, which causes obesity. Again, it comes down to changing one’s mindset on how you see exercise. There should be zero excuses, and you should make an effort to exercise every day, preferably in the morning.
You can do some easy stretching every morning or some easy aerobic exercise. Ideally, choose an exercise you love, even if it is as simple as walking, because you are more likely to stick to it.
Another tip that is crucial for aging well is all about prioritizing sleep. A common myth you might have heard is that as you get older, you don’t need much sleep, but this is just a myth with no truth. You will want to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night for healthy aging.
During the time you are sleeping, your body is in a repairing state. This is also the time when your cells regenerate, and it helps boost one’s mood and mental sharpness. Your physical well-being also depends on the quality of your sleep.
Avoid working in your bedroom or while sitting on the bed. Make sure that the bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. Also, minimize screen time in your bedroom, including computers and televisions. Of course, it is advised to avoid certain things to get better-quality sleep, including drinking caffeine, consuming alcohol, or sugary snacks before bedtime, as these can negatively affect your sleep quality.