Here are some tips to age gracefully, with vitality and confidence.
It’s one of the great ironies of life: your reward for surviving the tumultuous teenaged years, establishing a career and bringing up a family culminates in dry skin, an expanding figure and too many moments peppered with: “Now, where did I leave those car keys?” Once, that time of your life seemed so far away when viewed from a distance.
As the calendar pages keep turning, you may find yourself greeting this new phase of life with mixed feelings: a sense of accomplishment but perhaps also apprehension for the unknown and even surprise from unanticipated changes.
The American author of The Best of Everything After 50, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, acknowledges that age brings wisdom and experience.
“But it can also include new and unexpected signs of growing older that can impact your body and life,” she says.
Fortunately, in many regards, age is but a state of mind. With these practical tips, you can glide into the future by following some of these tips:
There is no written rule that once you achieve a certain age, your hair must be closely cropped, your wardrobe frozen in time or your favourite vibrant lipstick shade cast aside. True, with age you may have to make a few modifications such as a new hairstyle that accommodates thinner strands or one that shows off your gorgeous greys. But your personal style is an important aspect of your identity, and simply tweaking or slightly evolving your look lets you remain true to yourself as you enter this new phase of your life.
Filling your time with low-demand pursuits is a perfectly natural response to the liberation of an empty nest or the newfound freedom of retirement. You’ve earned a break, for sure. However, be wary of letting your brain languish to extremes. Find ways to stimulate your mind to help keep you sharp and ward off those “senior moments”.
For decades, you’ve heard admonishments about taking proper care of your body: eating properly, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, and getting plenty of rest.
If you have ignored that advice, remember this: it’s never too late to introduce healthier habits. Taking care of your body will help ensure you have the stamina to continue enjoying your favourite activities, and it will give you the best chance of keeping your health condition at its best.
Not only does keeping in shape provide overall health benefits but targeted exercises can also help with other concerns, as well. For example, after four to six weeks of working out your pelvic floor muscles, you may start to notice an improvement in your sensitive bladder.
Change is at the very heart of midlife, and most of us can come to acknowledge, even appreciate, how life has a way of evolving. But changes can sometimes cause confidence to lag, especially when it’s your body that’s changing.
Grufferman says: “The loss of a job, upheavals in a long-term relationship, financial hardships and empty nests are just a few of the big challenges we frequently confront – not to mention the new health issues that we might face.”
One common confidence breaker, though, is a sensitive bladder. A recent survey found that women with sensitive bladders feel less confident than those who don’t experience leaks, for instance in certain situations such as travelling long distances or being in an unknown or unfamiliar area.
However, you don’t have to let your sensitive bladder stand in the way of living your life. In fact, the same survey showed that most women with sensitive bladders (72 per cent) who use bladder protection, such as Always Discreet liners, pads and underwear say they feel more confident because of these products. The full line of bladder leak protection products provides women incredible comfort, protection, discretion and odour control so you can get back to enjoying life, no matter what your age is.
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