It’s such a fabulous feeling turning 50 so let’s make sure you know how to take care of yourself in your 50’s and why it’s so important.
The first thing to address is your attitude and mindset. Have you ever heard yourself think or say the following?
“Oh well, when I die, I die, one more drink won’t kill”
“I don’t need to impress anyone, I’ll eat what I want”
“We’re all going to die anyway”
“When your time’s up. Your time’s up”
“I’ve worked enough, I just want to relax and do nothing”
The list goes on.
This type of verbal and self-talk has a profound, negative impact on your mental and physical well-being. Yes. It’s true, by the time we reach 50 many of the hard yards are over, raising kids, studying, trying to establish careers and large debts to name a few. Some of us are relishing a retirement.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a whole lot of living to do, learning new things, staying active, waking up every day with a list of things to do, that’s how you take care of yourself in your 50’s.
Keep mentally and physically active!
This does not mean running a marathon, the more you move, the better your circulation. Even if you have arthritis, aches and pains, you still need to move. There are many exercises you can do even with ailments. Your doctor and physio can help here or why not join a gym? The trainers there are amazing and tailor make programmes just for you. Move it or lose it. It’s your choice!
If you do have aches and pains, try walking in a heated pool as it takes pressure off your joints, do some gentle stretching exercises every day and go for regular massages. How awesome does a good stretch feel? Go on try it!
It’s great to catch up with friends for a coffee or a meal. Team this up with a walk around a park.
You walk while you sip coffee or after your meal, help digestion as you soak in some sun and fresh air.
Exercising makes you take in more oxygen, great for your blood flow and gives you clarity for a clear mind.
There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature to give you calmness and an appreciation for the good things in our lives.
Stop with excuses as to why you can’t give up bad habits and look for reasons why you should.
How to take care of yourself in your 50’s is up to you. At 50 you can look forward to at least another 40 years by adopting healthy eating habits.
I spend a lot of time in aged care facilities, had a chronically ill father and see many overweight, ill people. Sadly, many of their symptoms are caused by poor eating habits and lack of activity.
Hormones and other issues can cause weight gain. I’m not here to lay blame or make you feel bad. It’s to inspire you to take even one small step to a happier, healthier you. I too, suffered from menopausal weight gain and with the help of a doctor managed to lose it and maintain it. Just meant eating loads more vegetables and cutting out a few things here and there so it can be done. Do I have an occasional treat? Of course I do, but it’s not every day and most of my week is void of sugary, fat laden treats.
Lastly, but more importantly, every day, look to surround yourself with positive people and positive thoughts. those who encourage your ideas, make you feel good about yourself, join positive social media groups and look for ways to make other people feel special. Resist negative talk about events and others and avoid drama. You’ll see what a difference this will make to your day.
I hope I’ve inspired you with ideas on how to take care of yourself in your 50s. You can have an amazing future. The choice is yours.
Until next time,
Look feel live your best and decide today to live for tomorrow.