Growing old is inevitable. Even though nowadays people are living longer as certain diseases are not a threat any more, we still dread getting older. Deteriorating health and poor memory could put a damper on anyone’s mood. However, we need to remember that they’re named golden years for a reason.
Growing old is a gift and has a lot of advantages – experience, wisdom, and perspective being just a few. Why we should look forward to growing old?
Difficult decision will come more easily
The saying goes “knowledge comes from learning, wisdom comes from living” and experts agree. It turns out, that our problem solving skills get better with age. According to the scientist, brain builds up more connections and is able to recognize patters easily with passing time.
That means that seniors are better at solving life problems and making difficult decisions. As we age, we can look at the presented situation without emotion clouding our judgment and make the right call quicker.
Next time you find yourself at the crossroad consider asking for advice your elder family member. They will know what to do!
More time for you and your family
Another great benefit of getting old is all the free time you are suddenly going to have. For years you have been working, rising a family and taking care of children. Retirement is a perfect opportunity to slow down and start appreciating the small things in life.
Spend more time with your grandchildren – studies show that the grandparent relationship with grandchild is second in emotional importance only to the parent. Offering the family members advice and support will bring the Elders sense of accomplishment and will make growing older with style a lot easier.
When you’re older there is just fewer things to figure out. You know who you are and don’t have trouble with expressing yourself loud and clear. Older people spend less time on things that don’t matter, simply because they can identify them as such.
By the time we turn 60 we have made all the major stressful life decisions – chosen a career and spouse, probably bought the dream house. Golden years are the time to simply sit down and relax, while enjoying the life choices.
Everyone will find out, that being easy going comes with age.
Growing old gracefully
What does growing old gracefully mean? We think that in order to age with grace we need to continue practising self-assurance. Remember, life doesn’t stop when you reach 70 years old. There is plenty of ways you can thrive in later years.
- Take care of your body. “A healthy mind in a healthy body” – this Latin phrase is much more prominent as we grow older. It is extremely important to stay active. Keeping up mental and physical strength in old age will improve seniors well-being as well as prevent anxiety and depression. Don’t forget about the medical check-up at your GPs.
- Try new things. Don’t become stagnant. It’s never too late to be curious or learn something new. Getting stuck in a routine can negatively affect your mood. Think about what you always wanted to do and explore that interest. Being passionate has no age limit.
- Make amends. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that you can bestow not only on people around you but mainly on yourself. Often making amends with someone who wronged us is the most difficult, but it comes with great relief and leads to conscious and fulfilled live.