It seems like the older we get, the faster the time goes by. But not all of us can keep up with our daily activities as we used to when we were 20 years old. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to live your best life at age 50 or 60, or 70. Here are five pieces of advice that can help you stay healthy and energetic even after 40 and make the most out of what life has to offer in later years.
1) Find the purpose
When I was in my 30s, I was still figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. Now that I’m in my 40s, it’s time to start thinking about what legacy I’ll leave. In the last few years, I’ve gotten more involved with my community by volunteering and helping other people. It might be surprising, but being a part of something bigger than myself makes me feel alive.
I know some people think it’s too late for me to start a family now, but it’s never too late if you find the right person. My husband is 10 years younger than me and we have three kids together.
2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help- As you get older, it’s easy to feel like you have to do everything on your own and that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But it’s important to accept that we all need assistance from time to time, especially when we’re trying something new or taking on a big project. The first step is being willing and brave enough to ask someone else if they can lend a hand. If they say no, be grateful they’re not taking up your time. If they say yes, then take the next step by having an open dialogue about how you can best work together.
3) Get outside
Outdoor activities can be a great way to reconnect with nature and get some much-needed vitamin D while reducing your risk of heart disease. In fact, one study found that people who spent more time outside were less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. Plus, there are plenty of ways that you can stay active outdoors! For example, you could go on a hike with your friends or try mountain biking.
4) Maintain your friendships
Maintaining friendships is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It’s never too late, or too early, to make new friends. If you don’t have any friends and feel like a total loner, reach out! There are so many ways to connect with people, find what works for you: join a sports team, or join an intramural group at your work or favorite hobby club. In the process, you will form friendships that last more than just one season!
5) Look in the mirror
Women over the age of 40 are constantly being told what they should and shouldn’t do. But I’m here to tell you that there is no one perfect path, and it’s up to you how you choose to live your best life.
There are so many things about getting older that make me feel alive! I love how my body has matured, and now I know what suits me and what doesn’t. I’ve also learned a lot about myself in this process, which I didn’t know when I was younger. The most important thing is to be kind to yourself and realize that no matter where you are on your journey, you’re always doing the best with what you have at the time. You deserve nothing less than happiness!