One of the inevitable parts of life is that we will all die. It could be in 80 years, or it could be tomorrow. However, barring an accident, most of us have a reasonable chance of making it to at least our 80s. When it comes to living though, there is a lot more to think about than how long you live.
For many people, how long they live is less concerning than how long they live comfortably. Few people would opt to extend their life by 20 years if those 20 years were spent immobile, fed by a tube, and unable to interact with the world around them. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help increase your chances of putting off some of the unfortunate side effects of aging. If you can age gracefully, maintaining strength, mobility, and mentally clarity, your twilight years have the potential to be some of the most gratifying of your entire life.
For mental clarity, there are a number of holistic tools available for helping stave off the mental deterioration associated with aging. For example, simply using your mind frequently and actively can help to increase your chances that it stays in great shape. Go out and talk to people and connect with them. Creating relationships and learning about others is one of the best ways to help your brain to stay active and healthy. Alternatively, taking some time for introspection can also be a great way to keep your mind active.
Additionally, keeping your body helpful can give double the benefits. If you want to stay active, exercise and nutrition are great things to focus on. If you can keep your body in great shape, it will help to extend the useful life of many of your body’s components. Your heart in particular is an organ which can benefit from frequent exercise, which strengthens it. Take some time to source healthy ingredients and get out into nature to give your body a chance to engage in strenuous activity. The secondary benefit is that keeping your body healthy has also been shown to increase the chances that your mind will be healthy longer as well. This makes sense when you remember that your brain uses the energy in your bloodstream to perform all of it’s functions.
One last reminder. While it may not be a huge concern to some people, taking proper holistic precautions against solar damage can drastically decrease the rate at which your skin will show signs of age.