If only there was a fountain of youth that you could drink from, especially when life has you feeling even older than you really are. While you can’t literally return to your youth, there are some things you can do that will make you feel young again.
Get your shut-eye
Your body needs at least eight hours of sleep every night to restore it. Unfortunately, most people are not getting the proper amount of sleep at night.
“The only time your body can truly restore itself is when you’re asleep.
Don’t forget your strength training
“When done properly, weight-training makes micro tears in the muscles, which leads your body to generate thicker, stronger muscle fibre.
Greene suggests using dumbbells while targeting your core and lower body with lunges, calf-raises, and squats three times a week.
Accentuate the positives
“Cultivating a greater sense of optimism will provide you with more positive energy to motivate you to do youthful things. The goal is not to deny the less-than-pleasant stuff that is happening, but rather to focus on what’s going well.
Give the gift of yourself
Research has shown that volunteering your time for a worthy cause can give you mental and physical benefits. In a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, it was found that older adults over the age of 55 who volunteered weekly to help children in a classroom had an increased activity level for at least three years after.
Anything that increases a level of activity for a long period of time is a huge plus, but the real news here is that this particular kind of volunteer work benefits children and the educational system as well as the volunteers, demonstrating the potential benefits for what many are calling an intergenerational social contract.”
Engage your social side
“Staying active and engaged is very important in terms of cognitive and emotional health. Maintaining a connection to others in social settings is important to mental, emotional, and physical health. Consider joining a club, church group, or hobby organization in order to connect with others who share your interests.
Take on a new hobby
Once you hit retirement age, or your children move away to college, you may wonder how to fill your time. The sense of an empty nest can be daunting and lonely. Instead, find fulfilling ways to spend your time by trying out a new hobby. Learning to play a musical instrument, writing that book you always dreamed of, or expressing your artistic side are all ways to find enthusiasm and joy in life.
Connect with nature
Make the time to enjoy outdoor activities every day. The sunlight helps you produce vitamin D and serotonin, which can boost your immune system and your mood. The simple beauty of nature also provides a sense of calm and peacefulness.
Take a cue from those who know
If you want to feel young, then spend time with people who are. Grandchildren can be a great source of joy, wonder, and vitality. Few things in life can make you feel youthful and free quite like the simple act of playing. Make-believe, dress-up, building blocks, or even colouring are like a vacation from the stresses of the real world.
Go and see the sights
Whether you dream of traveling to exotic locales, or just taking in local tourist sites that you’ve never had the time to see before, pack your bags and hit the road. Each new sight is a discovery, and the act of discovering is revitalizing all by itself. Not to mention you can make wonderful memories along the way. Choose a destination, or just head off blindly and see where the road takes you.