I bet you have heard the saying “getting older is not for sissies”? That’s the truth! From previous posts you know that I am constantly working on getting in better shape for all of my future endeavors (and to keep up with the grands)! If nothing else I walk my little dog daily, but also try to incorporate some Zumba and workouts with weights. Yoga is right up there as well–daily stretching is a must!
Here are my ideas that make getting older easier, and I thought I would share them with you!
1. Exercising— you don’t want to be the caricature of an old person: gray hair, stooped over, using a cane to get around. Any kind of exercise is a good thing! Just walking will get you going in the right direction. Ha ha. See what I did there?
2. Reading–you don’t want the brain to stagnate! If you don’t know where to start, google “recommended books for 2019”. Look through the list and see what floats your boat! I have a list of twenty or so that I am currently wading through (not all at the same time!). And don’t forget to schedule time to read (at least 20 minutes a day).
3. Sharing–whether it’s working out, or having lunch, or shopping, friends are so important to longevity. The Mayo Clinic lists these advantages of being with others: Boost your happiness and reduce your stress. Improve your self-confidence and self-worth. Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one. Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.
4. Laughing–this is one of my favorites! Don’t ignore the power of laughter. When I saw Rick 40+ years ago I was pretty sure he was THE ONE. But when he made me laugh I KNEW he was the one!
We’ve been through all kinds of situations but the fact that he still makes me laugh is what makes those tough times seem a distant memory. And finally
5. Traveling–I am blessed to be the daughter of a Navy commander. Naturally we moved all over, so the travel bug is in my blood. Poor Rick never had a chance to say no! I am so glad that he has been willing to go places in the US and around the world. It enriches your life like nothing else. I agree with all those who say just save your money and make time to travel.
So while getting older might have his drawbacks, make the best of it by keeping busy, going places and doing things. I also like to say, any day on this side of the dirt is a good one! Amiright? How are you growing old gracefully?
Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils!
Lemongrass. I’m just going to take this description right from our website, since I can’t do better myself:
Lemongrass essential oil has origins in Southeast Asia, though it is now cultivated in countries around the world. It is distilled from the leaves and woody stalks of the lemongrass plant, and it produces a subtle citrus-herb scent. Lemongrass oil offers a sophisticated and relaxing aroma that can transform your home’s environment into a comforting sanctuary. Try diffusing Lemongrass for an aroma that can inspire a sense of clarity and relaxation for you and your family. Enhance daily chores by adding Lemongrass to your cleaning products, dishes, and laundry. By adding 3–4 drops to a sink full of dishes, a load of laundry, or your all-purpose cleaner formula, you can transport yourself with an exotic, clean-smelling boost. Lemongrass oil’s relaxing aroma also makes it a great complement to a post-workout massage.
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