It’s August and I had told myself that I would not continue a monthly theme this month. The #JournalinginJuly Challenge was pretty full on but I was appreciative of the many positive comments and the participation. It was so lovely to read your thoughts and also the comments you gave me about what I had written. It appears we have all come to know each other a little better.
And so to a new month and my initial thoughts to not have a theme. I argued with myself that:
- It is time consuming – writing posts, organising guest posts, and daily posts to social media with a quote or tip
- A theme might not appeal to everyone
- It isn’t easy to think of a theme (especially one that starts with the same letter of the month!)
Of course, I didn’t listen to myself and as I was sitting on my balcony watching the sunrise one morning last week, Inspiration visited me.
May I present the theme for August with a drumroll plase…..
Ageing Well in August
We all want to age well and enjoy life after 50 and especially in the Third Age. Some of us are continually looking for the fountain of youth but what is ageing well?
What is Ageing Well?
To me, ageing well is a combination of many things:
Taking care of our body inside and out – We only have one body and as we age we need to maintain it more. That means moving, eating well, making time for reflection, rest and relaxation plus also scheduling medical appointments.
Functional Fitness – not only being able to lead an active life but being able to carry out daily tasks with ease. It means a regular exercise program of movement that we enjoy and the addition of strength training.
Nourishing our body, mind and soul – ensuring that we provide our bodies with nutritious food to provide energy and keep our immune system healthy. Importantly it is also about providing nourishment for our mind by continually learning and growing and nourishing our soul by making time for self-care, reflection, mindfulness and gratitude.
Staying connected – our diaries don’t have to be booked up but we do need to stay connected socially and interact with people of all ages. The young keep us young by challenging our ideas and beliefs. In turn, we can teach them from our life experience. Connecting with others who share the same interests or just catching up with a coffee and a chat can do wonders for our mental health.
Being happy and contented with yourself – this is the ultimate way to age well. Knowing ourselves and living a life of authenticity is one of the keys to ageing well. If we are living the life we want and are happy and contented then we are cherishing each day and living with gratitude. If we aren’t happy or contented, well it is never too late to do something about it.
Let go of what is holding you back from living the life you want.
How will Ageing Well in August work?
During the month I have invited a weekly guest to write their thoughts on Ageing Well. I will be sharing my thoughts in all the areas I feel help us to Age Well – lifestyle, health and self-reflection. I will also be posting a daily tip in the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group to remind, inspire and motivate us to focus on living life well. If you aren’t a member, come join us!
Debbie Harris from Deb’s World who joined me for #JournalinginJuly will also be joining me again this month. We will continue with the Saturday link up for those of you who would like to link a post related to any of the tips I’ve included in the image below or your own thoughts on Ageing Well. The first link up will start on Saturday, August 10th.
Who doesn’t want to keep enjoying life?
Will you join me for Ageing Well in August?
I’ve come up with a list of 31 ways we can Age Well to get you started. Perhaps you have some thoughts on how you are or would like to age well. I would love to hear them and add them to my list.