As people age, they tend to feel the strain of getting older in various places in their body. The cause of this could be anything from having less energy to decreased muscle mass and less mobility. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to slow the aging process and feel younger.
Body in motion
Like my dad says, “Body in motion stays in motion” and I have added over the years, “Body at rest ultimately ends in rest”. One easy way to feel younger is to increase the amount of exercise you do per week. If you set a regular schedule, you’ll have something to be accountable to and planning ahead will help you be ready to take on your plan when the time comes.
If you already exercise a large amount, consider reducing the amount you’re exercising. Considering how tired your body feels on a regular basis can help you determine how much exercise is right for you.
Rest and restore
If you’re wondering how to feel younger in context with sleep, get a good amount of it per night! Going to bed early and waking up early can help you plan the right amount of sleep that you need. A regular evening routine can help with this. In addition to getting good sleep at night, taking naps when you need them can be part of feeling rested, energized, and younger. The amount you sleep will vary with age. See this sleep chart for recommendations. A good rule of thumb is that it should take about 10-15 minutes to fall asleep. This is a good indication you are getting enough.
In addition to sleeping, you can restore some of your energy in other ways. Meditation and yoga can both be very energizing. Yoga is known as a form of “moving meditation.” Both can help you feel young.
Spending time in nature is a good way to restore your physical and emotional energy. Going for a walk on the beach or hike in the woods can help you take a step back from the busyness and stress of everyday life. This can help a lot, whether you’re feeling old at 40 or wanting to feel younger at 72.
Drink enough water
Staying properly hydrated can make a big difference to your skin clarity. This not only makes you look younger, but it creates less actual wear and tear on your skin. Drinking increased amounts of water also helps improve brain function and the functionality of the digestive system.
There are loads of suggestions to know how much to drink from the typical 8-10 glasses to ½ your body weight in ounces. However the best method, in my opinion, is done with your sense of sight and smell. Look at the color of your urine to see if you are drinking enough water. It should be a light color and have virtually no odor.
You know the old saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, it turns out it’s actually true. Also, reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and focus on improving your gut health.
Improve your work-life balance
If you want to know how to look younger, reducing stress can go a long way. Improving your work-life balance can take the stress off and help you focus on the things or people you love. For some people, this will be working more and for others, working less. Or, if you’re retired, remember to make time for things that continue to make you feel connected and important.
Spending time with friends and family can nurture self-care and can help you feel younger and more content and settled in life, allowing you to feel younger for longer.
Learn skills that feed your passion and purpose
These skills will help keep you feeling hopeful and will start working to create more endorphins in the brain. Planning to have good and meaningful experiences long term alleviate worry and stress, which can prevent people from being able to feel young.
Treat yourself to things you love
Enjoy your hobbies, spending time with people you love, and being in your favorite place in nature. This practice will also increase the positive chemicals in your brain and give you a calm and peaceful state of mind.
Contact us today so we can help you make a plan to feel younger!