Is not youth associated with carefree, conquer the world attitude? What changes then with growing age? When do we stop believing in the goodness and strength in people, and in ourselves? Is debilitating with age as physical as it is psychological?
Many psychologists urge that the constant tiredness that we feel in old age is self-inflicted. We weigh ourselves down with unnecessary worries and persist in our struggle to hold on to things beyond our control.
A famous philosopher (or a fortune cookie) said that life is as you make it. Let us aim for an improvement in our lifestyle.
Living like you are 20 in your 60’s
It all begins with a change in attitude. Perspective plays a key role in monitoring and portrayal of emotions. Don’t worry about dying young because research shows that everyone is more likely to live for 10 years longer than their parents.
Lifestyle changes for a healthy life
- Eat right – You cannot live on junk food and grease. You would have noticed that your metabolism is not what it used to be. Go easy on it and include more vegetables and fruits in your diet. Watch the protein intake, especially meat, it is harder to digest. Stick to simple food like easy to digest carbohydrates.
- Do not smoke or drink – They are not good habits to start off with. Arguments of smoking being a personal form of expression are gibberish. You are killing your lungs one cell at a time. There is no better time to quit than the present. Give up drinking and smoking.
- Ward off stress – 35-year-olds are dying of cardiac arrests triggered by stress. If there were a suitable time to start practising yoga and meditation, it is now. Make a conscious effort to remain happy and stress-free.
Most importantly, laugh like you have heard the funniest joke. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine. Think young, feel young.