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.
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 . . .
- 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
- Be around positive people
- Read and try new things
- 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
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!
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