March 11, 2016

Old Age Is a State of Mind!

This is what 70 looks like 

I had a birthday last week...71 years old! The card Bill got me (below) was perfect! Good advice too. I don't feel old, I don't act old, I don't look too awfully old. Above is what 70 really looks like. It's not at all what I imagined it to be when I was 16! Oh, I probably won't win a marathon or try out for the amazing race, I wouldn't have done that at 25 either! I don't take meds for anything - rarely even an aspirin.  I do take quite a few natural vitamins and supplements each day.

I will confess to having good genetics. My mother is 90 years old and still living at home, Dad was healthy and active until cancer (smoked for years) killed him at 79. My great grandparents were farmers and lived way into their 80's and were healthy.

Here are a few things that have worked to keep my mind active, my body moving pretty well and my overall health good.

1. Hang out with the young folks. Most of my friends are at least 10 years younger  than I - heck, there aren't too many left my age! The ones that are my age keep a youthful attitude.

2. Eat well - no junk food, stay away from fast food restaurants - there is not much healthy there. Eat fresh veggies, fruit and limit meat to once or twice a week. If you have a sweet tooth limit sweets to once or twice a week and try to use natural sugar or Stevia or some other natural unrefined sweetener.

3.Get outside often. Fresh air and sunshine will add years to your life! Go for a walk, garden (like me) or at least sit on your porch or deck and enjoy the scenery. Sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D.

4. Attend church or gather with like-minded folks often. Without the prayer support and learning experience at my church, I would hate to think what might have become of me.

5. Pray daily - for yourself, your family, your friends and others! God will do more than you can ask or imagine!

5. Get together with friends on a regular basis. Be social! Volunteer - it will help you and others too!

6. Read! It's good for your mind. Try it if you are not already a reader. Find a book on a subject you are interested in or get a novel and take time to enjoy it.

7. Find a hobby, If you don't already have one,  I love watercolor painting, digital scrapbooking, gardening, art projects of all kinds. What I need is more time!

8. Most important of all is cultivate a positive attitude! We are what we think... do you want to be around a negative person? Me either so don't be one yourself!

1 comment:

  1. Great post. It reflects my philosophy more than my actions. I do try to follow all of those guidelines. I hope you and you family have a great Christmas.