We all need to take better care of ourselves, especially as we get older. Whether you’re a veggie-loving marathon runner or a dedicated knitter whose only exercise is running around after the grandkids once in a while, there is always something you can do to take better care of yourself. With that in mind, here are my top tips to help you take better care of yourself:
Learn how to meditate
You’re never too old to learn something new, and meditation is just about one of the most beneficial things you could learn right now, Proven to help reduce symptoms of pain, aid relaxation and alleviate symptoms of depression, and anxiety, it is a health superstar that is free to learn, easy to practice, and which can be done almost anywhere, so what are you waiting for?
Keep your medicine cabinet fully stocked
A really simple way to take better care of yourself is to ensure that you always have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with a cure for whatever ails you. It’s no fun suffering because you don’t have any aspirin or bleeding all over the place because you can’t find a bandage, and there’s no reason to know that you can buy everything from ostomy supplies to Advil online and have it delivered directly to your door, often cheaper than you’d get it at the store. Stock up and you’ll always be prepared.
Take more walks
If you have the mobility to do so, taking a walk is a great way to get some low-impact exercise that will keep the body ticking over nicely. It is also a great way to get some fresh air into your lungs, and if you do it in a beautiful spot, it has been proven that time spent in nature can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones in the body, boost mental health, and even boost the immune system. All that and it’s completely free!
Yes, really. Laughing more, whether it’s at the funny antics of the grandbabies or your favorite comedy show has been shown to lower pain levels, boost mood, decrease stress levels, and even boost both the immune system and heart health. Your mom was right when she said laughter was the best medicine. So, laugh often and you’ll be taking good care of yourself in the process.
Socializing is so important for humans. Not only does it help to prevent loneliness and build connections, but it can also prevent or slow cognitive decline, help to boost mood, and potentially help you to live longer too. It’s also one of the best ways to spend some time – with the people you love most in the world laughing, sharing stories, and simply being. It’s something that can be a bit tricky right now, but do what you can to socialize and build connections because it is the best self-care.
Taking good care of yourself is vital for your health and wellbeing, so be sure to incorporate a few of these practices into your daily routine.