How to take old age head on?

All our life, the human cycle runs from childhood to adulthood trying to achieve one goal after the other, weaving a complex and exciting labyrinth of relations, emotions, and feelings. We all run away from old age, due to the fear of problems associated with aging. Old age is inevitable but can be made easier. As we start approaching old age, the demons and fears start growing and to give them company, the physical body throws in pains and diseases. There is so much transition going on in an old person’s body, from physical to emotional, it becomes challenging to accept and manage all of this. The stress of it all makes a person older and more irritable, tired and unhappy, leading to further problems in relations and life management. Yet some old people are always happy. They look fit, some even run marathons, some can be seen socializing regularly, and some continue to travel despite their age. Do these people have some secret pill or formula? Or maybe they are just lying about their age. What is it that makes these older people happier and healthier? It’s a simple formula. They are prepared. Prepared to welcome their old age. When they are middle age, they realize the value of their body and good health. They have a proactive perspective on life. Radical lifestyle changes in the 40s and 50s lay the path to a healthy and fitter old age. These people are ready to take old age head-on. They know and understand the value of hard work today, which will pay off later. Habits like exercise and meditation become an everyday affair. It helps them keep stress and diseases off-limits. Eating only nutrition-rich food, not giving in to bad habits like smoking & drinking, and having a proper sleep schedule, these combine to give them a strong foundation for their older years. These good habits allow them to become more social and flexible, making them fitter and happier. Having hobbies like reading, gardening, and doing mind activities like puzzles and crosswords, keeps their minds active. Another area of concern is developing and maintaining relationships. Taking away negative emotions and keeping negative people at bay is a good way to keep your mind happier. Valuing family and friendships helps them build strong bonds, which will be their support system in old age. The people are not some rare breed of humans, who have achieved a feat of having a healthy and happy old age. They are amongst your friends. Look around and learn from them.  Energy is contagious, and so are smiles.

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