Maintaining A Positive Attitude
The way you feel about yourself and the ageing process can affect how you view life and the extent to which you are involved in activities and the opportunities life offers.
If you can make choices and have control over important aspects of your life, and take part in and enjoy activities, you are more likely to feel good about yourself and get more out of life.
Keeping Your Brain Active
Keeping the brain active, alert and flexible can promote good mental health and positive ageing throughout the lifespan.
Having an active mind can be as simple as reading a book, learning a new hobby or problem solving (e.g. doing crosswords). Learning new skills is exercise for the brain and makes it work a little harder.
Engage in Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is vital for improved health and wellbeing. It is never too late to get moving - the human body responds to exercise, regardless of age. Exercise is a great way to maintain good health, helps you thinking positively, recover from illness and reduce the risk of disease. It has been demonstrated that physical fitness is more important than weight loss.
Strength training is especially beneficial. It can help to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, which in turn will increase physical strength, and improve balance and mobility.
Taking part in leisure activities that you find interesting and suitable for your level of physical functioning is an effective way of becoming more active. People should undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, every day.
Physical activity can also provide social interaction through being outdoors, engaging with others, or by becoming a member of an activity program or club.
It is important to remember that as you age, your physical capabilities are likely to change. Seeking guidance from a health professional before engaging in strenuous activity can reduce any risks involved.
Stress is a natural part of life. While a little stress can be beneficial, when things become too much and usual methods of coping fail, stress may become unhealthy.
The symptoms of stress vary greatly among different individuals. High levels of stress can produce emotional, behavioural, and even physical symptoms. In addition to affecting general wellbeing, stress can also impair the immune system and increase the risk of physical and mental health problems.
Keeping as free from stress as possible, and learning how to effectively cope with unavoidable stress, can promote positive ageing in all areas of your life.
Some good ways to manage stress and cope with daily hassles include: