Loving Life in Retirement is a Process of Self Discovery

Loving life and living it to the fullest is something that we all strive to achieve. Ageing started the minute we were born, so how can we age gracefully?

Here are 10 useful tips to age gracefully.

  1. Loving life means spending time with yourself. Meditation is a good form of relaxation and helps you to unwind. A good 10-15 minutes meditation each day will help you to find inner peace with yourself. When your mind is calm, you’ll be able to reflect on the things you really want to do with your life without being influenced by other people’s opinions. Spend time with yourself and you’ll discover the “real” you.
  2. It is important to be on healthy diets. Try eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat, especially red meat. Various types of nuts are also great if you are not allergic to them. Fresh vegetable juices and beans are excellent for the body. Enjoy healthy diets but try to avoid over indulgence.As people get older, there may be a need for an increase intake of certain nutrients. Nutrient deficiency appears to increase with age. Speak to your doctor first before buying any food supplements in the pharmacy.
  3. Daily exercises for 30 minutes will keep us fit and healthy. It will also help us live a longer productive life. As we grow older, the body functions start to slow down. Daily exercises also help improve the blood circulation and increase the heart rate.For older seniors, daily exercises like walking, swimming, yoga and tai chi will be appropriate. These exercises will help to improve physical balance and get more oxygen to the lungs and to other parts of the body.
  4. Live within your means. Avoid borrowing and spending on things you don’t need. Compulsive spending is quite easily done especially when credit cards are so easily available. The problem is when you receive the credit card statement at the end of the month. If you can’t pay off the whole bill, high interest charges will kick in.Be happy and content. Loving life does not mean you must have all the material things in life. Be sensible in your spending habits and you will have less money worries and more peace of mind.Debt management is vital to your happiness.
  5. Loving life means putting aside anger and hatred which is harmful to the body. Instead learn to adopt a spirit of loving kindness, patience and forgiveness. Learning to let go and not dwell too much on negative events of the past will help us focus on living in the present moment and be happy.Daily meditation will help to keep us relaxed and calm.Smile and laugh your way to happiness in retirement. Loosen up and don’t take things too seriously. Smiling and laughing creates a positive environment. This in turn generates a positive mental attitude towards life.
  6. Quit smoking. Yes, I know, it’s been a lifetime habit and it’s not easy to give it up. Keep trying and work harder at quitting smoking. Get quit smoking aids or help from your local medical experts if necessary. Quit smoking aids such as patches are readily available in pharmacies. The sooner you quit smoking, the better it is for your health and bank account.
  7. Reduce your level of alcohol consumption as well. Even on special occasions, drink responsibly. Loving life means it’s not much fun being sick and getting a nasty handover the following day. If possible, just stick to water, fruit juices or Green tea. They may be boring to drink but they don’t make you feel sick and are good for your body.
  8. Learn the art of giving. Giving does not necessary mean a monetary gift.You can give your time by doing voluntary work in your local community, or you can give comfort and moral support to people by listening and sharing their problems. This will bring joy and happiness not only to lonely people in need of emotional support and interaction, but also to you, the giver.
  9. Make it a habit to leave the house everyday (weather permitting). Spend a couple of hours out of the house to go to the local library, the post office, the park or do some shopping. This will give you the opportunity to meet and make friends with other people.
  10. Ageing is inevitable – it happens to everybody. But healthy aging is something you should and can do to embrace life to the fullest and show your next generation how loving life should be done.

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