1. Don't Let Go of Your Youthful Spirit
Just because our body ages it doesn't mean our soul does...
2. I've Said it Before and I'll Say it Again, Take Care of Your Skin!
Sun screen, sun screen, sun screen.
3. Enjoy Friendships with People of All Ages
I'm very fortunate in live in a large neighborhood with a great group of women representing the many stages of life. At our LNO and other gatherings you'll find women from their 20's to 70's and it's anyone's guess who's conversation I'll be most intrigued by. And the friends falling on the younger range of the scale challenge me to participate in activities I wouldn't naturally gravitate towards on my own - it keeps me from limiting the ideas I have for myself.
4. Keep Moving & Exercise!
A doctor I know who is approaching her late 50's recently shared how it is interesting to watch many of her patients age along with her. She says there is one single thing in common with the patients who are aging happily and well: they stay active!
5. You are What You Eat
When we are younger it's easier to get away with eating and drinking the junk... and while that may appear to be the case, in reality it will eventually catch up with you! The body does not lie.
6. Have Strong Opinions and Beliefs, But Keep an Open Mind
One of the best things anyone can do to stay young is to be open to new ideas, the different ways of looking at nearly anything you may encounter in life, and being open to the beliefs of others. This keeps the heart and mind from becoming brittle.
7. Have Extensive Blood Work Done
It's important to know the facts of what is going on in your body. Knowing the exact numbers can help identify any deficiencies in your diet. These facts will help you know what foods you need to add or increase to your daily diet and what supplements might be beneficial.
It doesn't matter what your age, if you stop dreaming about the possibilities of something that matters to you, you instantly become old.
9. Defy Society's Definition and Expectations of What it Means to Be the Age You Currently Are
Be true to yourself rather than outside expectations of what it means to be you at your age. If I believed what society keeps telling me about my age I'm be looking in the mirror at a senior citizen. Now seriously, that cracks me up. I was in amused shock the day I turned 50 and my AARP card came in the mail, and I've begun to notice the various commercials that target "seniors" of my age and what we should be doing. Okay, there is a point to some of it, but if the 50's mean senior to the advertisers of products and the expectations of our society as a whole, then there needs to be some serious rethinking the way these numbers are set. The only way to reset the numbers is to refuse to buy into the message as we age; one that is often not empowering, particularly to women.
10. Love Someone or Something Dearly
Love keeps you young. Period.