Keeping your mind open and developing a lifelong lust for learning will keep you young & healthy in spirit. “According to the World Health Organization, active aging is defined as ‘the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.’ People can stay active throughout their lifespans by participating in social, cultural, economic, spiritual, and civic affairs . . . Instead of ending education at a specific age, people are encouraged to continue learning throughout their lifetimes, whether on their own through self-directed learning or in adult education and continuing education classrooms.” (Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., Psychology Today) I totally beieve in this! In fact, I recently graduated with my MFA at the age of 50 and I’m always striving to learn more about business, dance, and mind/body/soul fitness.
Here are some ideas for actively aging this fall:
- Get involved in local festivities. My husband, Angel, is the founder of Herencia Mexicana here in Escondido, CA. It’s a festival that brings together everyone in the city for a day of Mexican culture and fun. Like our Facebook page and join us at this fun event! It’s important to participate in your community and feel a part of something. Volunteering, or even just attending, things like this can keep you feeling inspired.
- This one is a repeat but I can’t say it enough! Go back to school. Take a class to learn something new or up your skill level in something you already do. The best thing about my dance classes is watching students open up to trying something new. Their childlike amazement at the beautiful movements of Belly dance always make me smile.
- Educate yourself about your health. Knowing that you’re doing all the right things for your body is one way to keep feeling good no matter how old you get. Make sure to take time to see your doctor or wellness practitioner for that annual wellness check. Reward yourself afterwards with a treat you love…just like doctors do for kids.
- Feel more secure. Go to a free seminar or attend a webinar on financial and retirement planning to create a plan for your golden years. Once you do, you’ll have peace of mind about getting older.
- Try something new spiritually. Maybe visit a buddhist temple or a new Christian church. Or, join an outreach program at your current church. The more we aspire to connect with our higher power, the more we can see the worthiness and greatness in ourselves. When we see our own worth, we can give more to others and create a never ending circle of love. And love keeps us young!
- Take a class in something you’re interested in. I teach Belly Dance at Palomar College and Recreation Centers (check out my class calendar here), and I always hear women say “I’ve wanted to try this forever!” Don’t wait. Engage yourself mind/body/soul and do it now!
- Make time for friends, family, and your significant other. People who spend time with others they love are happier. Happier people live longer and healthier lives. So, make sure that you are hanging out with people who make you feel happy and that you’re fully in the moment with them. Let all the stresses go and just enjoy their company.
These are just some fun ideas for inspiration. How do you stay young? Please share your thoughts!
Until next time!
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