Getting older can feel so far away when we are bouncing around in our twenties or thirties. Looking into the future that far ahead just seems like an age away. But, what we all know deep down, is that life goes quickly. It may not always seem it. But it does. So we should consider our future from time to time. We should take precautions and make plans for those years ahead of us. If only to just make things easier on ourselves when the time comes. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some tips on how to continue living young when you get older. So that you enjoy that time of your life instead of fearing it.
Don’t leave your home make it work for you
One big fear that we can have when we get older and a little more frail, is the thought of having to leave our home. This could be a house that you spent so long saving for and living in for many years. The fear for a lot of us is that when the time comes and the stairs become difficult, or the house doesn’t work for you that you will have to leave. Find something new or head of an elderly home. The thing is, when you are older it doesn’t have to be that way. So you just make the home work for you. This could be as simple as installing residential lift systems to help you get upstairs. It might be even simpler by just installing handlebars to help you up and down in bathrooms or showers. You could even install a wet room style bathroom instead of keeping the standard bath. There are plenty of things you can do to make your home work for you. At the end of the day, we all want to stay in our homes as long as possible. So keep yourself living young by staying in it.
Write up a bucket list
Heading into our golden years doesn’t have to seem like a boring stage of our lives. In fact, this could be some of the best years of our lives. This is because we have retired from work and we are blessed with time. Time is something we don’t get much of when we work and are raising families. Getting older means you can do many different things that you perhaps have put off over the years. So a great suggestion for living young would be to write up a bucket list. This is essentially a list of everything that you want to do. Maybe it’s the countries you want to visit. Or the things you want to experience like eating pizza in Italy or sailing holidaying on a cruise ship. This is the time to do all of those things. Writing them down and thinking ahead can get you quite excited about the prospect. It may even incentivise you to save or put plans in place for your financial future as well.
Connect regularly with friends and family
Living young means that you surround yourself with your loved one and friends. Those are the people that will lift your spirits no matter how you are feeling. Keeping your connections is your lifeline to what is going on within your family and your circle. So keep in mind that you are actively involved with them.
Keep eating well and exercising
It can be seen as quite an obvious one but living young means eating right and exercising regularly. While you may not be running any marathons in your retirement, although stranger things have happened, moving more will help you. This could mean regularly walking each day. Having a dog could be a great incentive for this. You could even buy one of those trackers and see how many steps you are taking. Again you can be blessed with more time so this should make eating a healthier and balanced diet much more achievable than it is when you work. You have the time to cook meals from scratch. It may even ignite a new passion for cookery.
While it won’t be recommended to go on any crash diets or extreme eating habits. Keeping it healthy and balanced is easy by making sure you get your five fruit and vegetables each day. It would also be a great idea to continue drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Exercising can be a great way to meet like minded people. Some communities may even hold special fitness classes for particular age groups. Living young also means keeping an active social life and exercising can help with that.
Pick up a neglected hobby
Hobbies can be quite difficult to keep up when you have a full time job and bills to pay. Your mind can become preoccupied with daily routines, and life gets in the way. It doesn’t mean that you don’t enjoy what you do you just have less time to focus on it. But when you get older and have retired or reduced your hours then it’s the perfect time to pick it back up again. Time is a wonderful thing when you have it. It’s just finding things to fill the time you have that can be the hard part. Living young means keeping your mind active and alert and a hobby is a great way to do this. It might be writing or solving puzzles. It could even be reading or knitting. Whatever it may be keep in mind what you use to enjoy and make sure you make the time for it again when you are older.
Focus on the good things and let go of the bad
Finally, don’t let past mistakes or regrets get in the way of your later years. Part of living young in later life is letting go of all of that. What we have to remember is the past is the past, and it can’t be changed. So keeping focussed on the good memories will be the driving force for living a positive later life.
I hope this has inspired you to live young in your later years.