The joy of living to….60……70……years!
About attitude ..or how we find the joy of living at 60 ….. 70 years and over.
We are used to celebrating every birthday with pomp. And we do it with joy and as a great achievement in childhood.
We are waiting to grow, to mature, to become adults, to be able to drive a car, to finish a school cycle, to start working.
In the tumult of life, we measure the periods depending on how much we still have to pay the mortgage, or when the children become independent. And so the fifth decade of life passes and it’s as if we have restraint in celebrating our birthday.
In fact, it should be exactly the opposite.60 …. 70 … 80 … are just numbers. The age you feel is not related to these but to your attitude over time.
It can be incredibly beautiful to live to be 60 … 70 … 80 if we learn to overcome our fear of old age.
Get ready for your second youth
Living “happily ever after” is not and should not be just a quote from stories. It may and must turn into a truth for which we must learn to prepare.
Taking into account the few variables that lead to a fulfilled and long life and trying to take them into account and improve them, the story can become reality.
Take care of your physical health and mental health
As time goes on, we need to change ourselves slightly and how we feed ourselves to compensate for the changes brought about by time in our bodies.
We should take into account exactly and adapt our diet to the signs that the body sends us. There are many rules of healthy eating, but for each one is valid that type of diet leads to a state of well-being. For example, it is healthy to eat a lot of raw foods, but if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or certain types of colitis you must have to take care of what type of raw foods you consume, how much or at what time of day.
Many nutritionists recommend reducing carbohydrates, but as long as they come from bread and pasta and fruit, and there is no degree of obesity and metabolic diseases associated I do not think it is necessary.
The same range also includes the reduction of meat consumption. If we are not sick, if we do not feel better by switching to a predominantly vegetarian diet, there is no reason to do so.
Reducing over-processed sweets has proven to be beneficial for anyone, but sometimes ensuring mental comfort by consuming your favorite dessert should not make you feel guilty but instead enjoy the moment. Moderation and the body’s response to food is the secret of the diet to follow, after a certain age.
We must adopt the same attitude in the consumption of coffee and alcoholic beverages. Moderate consumption can be comforting while excesses can cause major health problems.
Another aspect of our health at any age is related to learning to accept and love the way we look even if it does not fit into the 90-60-90 model. We can be healthy individuals with other measurements or with a BMI slightly beyond the standard values. It is a much more harmful a stressful approach to living on a continuous diet and to have weight variations that involve great efforts to adapt to the body.
Good physical shape
The joy of living at 60 ….. 70 … years is related to the joy of moving at this age. As in the case of nutrition, we must choose those types of exercises and activities that make us happy and that makes us feel good.
The fact that we don’t spend hours in gyms does not necessarily mean that we do not exercise.
Walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, table tennis, tennis, golf, gardening, are just a few examples of where we can choose what we like to stay active.
A medical check-up is necessary at this age regularly or whenever we feel that something is bothering us. It is a good idea to keep a medical diary. The night before going to bed, a few mentions of how we felt during the day along with the foods we ate and some measurements: heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar ( in the case of diabetics), the degree of oxygenation of the blood, noted in a notebook can be very helpful.
When we do regular medical check-ups, such information is very useful to the doctor to assess our health.
Learn to live with a diagnosis
Live your life, not the disease.
If the doctor has diagnosed us, we must be careful and take this into account, but at the same time, we must learn to live our lives, not the disease. If we look at the results of a study completed in 2013 we find that:
“Only one in 20 people worldwide (4.3%) had no health problems in 2013, with a third of the world’s population (2.3 billion people) suffering from more than five diseases, according to a new major analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2013 ”.” The results come from the most comprehensive and detailed analysis to quantify levels, patterns, and trends in health and disability worldwide between 1990 and 2013. say https://www.sciencedaily.com “It is certainly an old study but probably just as current. What we deduce from this is that in any diagnosis it depends a lot where we classify ourselves, among sick or healthy people, and here it is debatable where exactly is the boundary between healthy or unhealthy people.
Find your hobbies, turn them into daily activities.
Once we reached the age of 60 …. 70 years we gained a different kind of freedom. The freedom to choose how we spend our time. We are no longer the main support of a family, children are on their own and we have retired or we are retiring from the life against the clock of a full-time employee.
We can make choices in the way we spend our time and it’s time to remember and activate the hobbies we haven’t had time for before. We remain active out of pleasure, not out of obligation, and sometimes these hobbies can become profitable.
Maybe it’s time to discover new hobbies and learn new things that we are passionate about. The best way to keep our brain functioning is to use it to learn something new all the time.
Social relations at 60 … 70 years.
Apart from the close family in life, we have met many individuals that we consider friends or acquaintances. In order to keep a healthy mind, it is good to stay in close relationships with those individuals who make us feel good, we have the same topics of discussion, we share the same hobbies we consider trustworthy. A circle of friends is necessary, but their quality is important not necessarily their number.
Learn to be happy with a little.
As time goes on, we realize that we don’t really need a lot of money to live happily. When we have enough money to provide a home and the food we need, the rest doesn’t matter much. We should never compare ourselves to other people because our needs to be happy certainly differ depending on the individual. Some people feel good eating in the restaurant every day while for the some of us this would not make us happy. If we take into account all the hassle of preparing and arriving at the restaurant, the waiting time there, and the discomfort created by those around us, we probably feel much better at dinner in our dining room with the family. The moral is..go to the restaurant if you feel good there, not because the neighbor goes there every day.
Money shouldn’t be a problem anymore as it is no longer necessary to save, it is time to use what we have agonized over in the way of life in the way that makes us feel good.