How to have a Healthy Attitude in Midlife

Having a healthy attitude in Midlife is so important if we want to enjoy this wonderful phase of life.  This week, I would love to introduce to you another guest writer in my Midlife Matters series, Michelle from Grammie Time.

Michelle is the picture of fitness, leading an active life and running after her adorable grandchildren.  In her article, Michelle shares with us her thoughts on ways we can establish a healthy attitude to midlife, (although I believe her advice is appropriate for any age). You can get to know more about Michelle and her website at the end of the post.

Midlife live your life and forget your age

Michelle writes….

I’m a firm believer in how one takes care of themselves in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s determines how healthy they will be in mid-life. Genes do play a major role in our overall health, but how we treat our body plays a significant role in our quality of life. Especially in mid-life.

We all have heard numerous times eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep determines how good we feel. Statistics show doing at least these three things can improve our overall health. Yet, these three things can be very difficult to achieve in mid-life if one has spent a lifetime in unhealthy habits. I’m not going to tell you something you already know. I will say this though, it is about choices. Making good choices when it comes to your health.

As we age, our bodies begin to change. One aspect of aging which is often overlooked is our ATTITUDE. We listen to jokes about getting older. Our doctor’s response after an exam is, “well, you’re not as a young as you use to be.” Many are taking care of their elderly parents and get a glimpse into their own future. It can all begin to change our attitude towards mid-life and aging. It doesn’t have to.

How then can we stay positive and embrace the inevitable?

Can changing our habits actually change our attitude?

I believe it can!

Making wise choices daily, even one small change, empowers us to do more. You begin to feel better in one area, which in turn motivates you to do something else in another area. HOW THEN . . .

Stretching is important

Physically:

  • Do morning and evening stretches
  • Begin your day with warm lemon water
  • Limit caffeine
  • Drink more water throughout the day
  • Move – Our bodies were made to move
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Limit sugar
  • Find an exercise you enjoy
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eliminate processed foods
  • See your doctor
  • Know your body

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Mentally/Emotionally:

  • Be around positive people
  • Read and try new things
  • Volunteer
  • Do not dwell on negative thoughts
  • Deal with your fears
  • Focus on finding the good in life
  • Be thankful in ALL things
  • Let go of anger and bitterness
  • Do for others
  • Often!

When we feel good physically, we feel good mentally and emotionally. We have the physical strength to do more and the mental capacity to know our limits. Emotionally we are equipped to handle life. Focusing less on the downfall of getting older and embracing the wisdom we’ve gained can make the difference in our attitude.

Instead of dreading the aging process, welcome it. Click To Tweet

People are living longer, not necessarily better. Strive to be one who does both!

Live well, live long!

 Meet Michelle

Grammie Time Michelle

 

Michelle is married to her husband of 30 years, Mother to three lovely daughters, all grown up and “Grammie” to her two precious grandchildren.

A transitional kindergarten teacher by day she considers it a privilege teaching little ones and instilling in them a love for learning.

She blogs at Grammie Time remembering to let these words guide her in everything she  writes;

 

“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29 NLT

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16 thoughts on “How to have a Healthy Attitude in Midlife

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It was an honour to have you Michelle and I love your ideas on keeping a healthy attitude. We need to spread the word… Have a great weekend! xx

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  1. Michele

    Hi Michelle, so much optimism just jumps off the page here! I didn’t always live well or take care of myself in my crazy busy 30’s and 40’s, but I am making up for it now and feel better than I have in years. There is so much positivity in mid-life!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      There certainly is Michele. I’m amazed and encouraged that so many women in midlife are taking the opportunities and taking chances to make their life the best it can be. Enjoy!

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  2. Leanne

    Another great post from a midlife blogger – I’m loving your series Sue – and it’s always great to get an added insight into someone who I follow! Michelle is certainly a great example of healthily embracing midlife 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Leanne it is great to read different interpretations of midlife. However, I’m finding a common theme which is that women feel empowered and positive about this phase of life. 🙂

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  3. Annette

    Thank you Michelle. It is so important to change attitude in midlife. I loved your article – and laughed when I read “you are not that Young anymore” – just what someone said to me the other day. You Michelle is a good example of going through midlife with a positive mind.
    And thank you Sue for bringing it. I am your greatest fan – you just rock! 😉

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      You are so lovely Annette and make me feel encouraged to keep going whenever I read your comments. Have a beautiful day my friend. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Jill – positivity is contageous. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

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  4. Cathy Lawdanski

    Love this Michelle! After a week of total “indulgence” on this cruise, my body is craving some good eating habits! And you are right about attitude! I’m surprised that I sometimes let myself get into the “you’re getting older” complacency lately. Thanks for the wise kick in the pants on that attitude! Ready to get home and re-focus on good habits tomorrow!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I can’t see you getting into the ‘you’re getting older’ syndrome Cathy. Pleased you enjoyed your holiday we all need a break every now and then from life. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Glad you enjoyed Michelle’s post Kathleen, I hope you are enjoying the series and glad you liked the quote. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      That is the key isn’t it? Embracing rather than avoiding. Life can be wonderful. x

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