I am curious, how do you take care of yourself? Do you work out, practice yoga, attend pilates or perhaps you are a runner or walker? Do you meditate, practice mindfulness or do you take the time to enjoy complete stillness?
What about your diet? Do you eat healthy or do you eat whatever you want? Do you feel healthy? If yes what are you doing to stay there and if not what could you do to feel better?
Aside from your body are you keeping your mind healthy as well? Are you learning new things as you age? Do you read, play games, learn languages, play an instrument?
I will be 50 in November and although I am not bothered by aging I have decided that I want to be the best version of myself as I age. So I have made myself a priority. I now attend hot yoga classes daily and it is the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done. I also love walking, hiking and snowshoeing. I wear a Fitbit and I try to get a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.
I am learning to meditate, even if it is only for 5-10 minutes a day. I try to come to stillness, which in itself is a challenge, and to clear my mind of the clutter to rid it of the negative and stressful things that might be dragging me down.
I am making an effort to eat better 80% of the time. I have found that as I age my body does not like certain things anymore, like too much gluten or dairy. Now more than ever my body is teaching me what it needs to be healthy and when I eat badly I pay the consequences. Don’t get me wrong I still eat sweets and pizza just not as frequently.
As for my mind, I have always been a life long learner, my mind is filled with facts and information that I may only need if I am on Jeopardy but I don’t care because I love to learn new things. I love puzzles and word games but I hate scrabble and to be honest I have never played a video game. I would rather read than watch tv and enjoy listening to podcasts.
I am however not very social, in fact I am sure in a former life I was a hermit. I have to work on that because they say that the more active your social life as you age the better you feel and it keeps your mind and body young.
Please share, what do you do to take care of yourself and would you say that you are more mindful about taking care of yourself as the years go by?
Have a great day!