12 Tips for Improving Your Outlook on Life during September: Healthy Aging Month
You’re never too old to reinvent yourself and focus on the positive aspects of growing older. September is Healthy Aging Month, the ideal time to refresh your part in better managing your own health – physically, socially, mentally and financially. Here are some types to improve your outlook on life:
- Back-To-School! It’s never too late to take courses to refocus your career, enhance a skill set or expand your knowledge. Many degrees are now available through online courses.
- Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive.
- Be happy always. Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers. Research shows people who smile more often are happier.
- Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. You can do it! Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.
- Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice!
- Dental Hygiene is key! Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. Go to the dentist regularly.
- Want to vacation? Want to volunteer? Do both! Perhaps it’s time to visit new places, connect and give back. Many travelers are opting for “giving back” vacations. Volunteer Vacations Across America (www.immersiontraveler.com) is an excellent resource with more than 200 trips for volunteering to help people.
- Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter.
- Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.
- Make an appointment with your financial advisor or find one this month to talk through your current finances and long-range monetary plans. Don’t be afraid to readjust investments or pull out of financial commitments that weigh you down.
- Eat fresh! Make a commitment to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily snacks and meals. Many local farmers markets are still available in September, and stores still carry fresh, local produce.
- Let's get creative! It's never too late to pick up a new hobby: art, music, dance. The love of the arts motivates, inspires, and educates people of all ages!