Aging well is a lifelong process, but picking up healthy habits is a good idea in any decade! You are never too old or too young to feel good.
Mental flexibility is the ability to let go of the way you saw things when you were younger. You need to change the perceptions and beliefs you were using in your 20’s and 30’s, so that by 60 or 70 you have an expanded, softer view of the world. Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson, a Tucson-based integrative physician and energy-medicine practitioner, adds that it is crucial that you learn the ability to forgive and open up to things you may have closed after having a bad experience. Suzanne and I recommend a meditation practice or attention training practice that neuroscience is demonstrating strongly supports a more easeful, less tense and anxious life. Suzanne created a meditation cd that can be viewed and tried here. Reading or listening to something that inspires your best self to lead you forward are important resources to have available. Many spiritual teachers advise that we carefully chose what we take into our mind. In a world filled with so much fear based information and sound bytes, we need to make sure that our media diet is nourishing and supportive of our hearts and minds.
Mental and physical flexibility are deeply related and affect each other. To stay supple and release stiffness throughout the body, we suggest simple stretches, especially in the hips, to maintain mobility. Sit cross-legged on the floor with heels close to the body or sit with your legs stretched out in front of you, then bring each heel toward your lap one at a time as close as is comfortable. Maintain this position for several minutes while breathing slowly and deeply. Try to do this daily, most days of the week.
It’s also important to not walk the journey of aging gracefully alone. Identify and spend time with people who have healthy aging as a goal and follow their lead!! This is an active and simple way to make the rest of your life the best of your life.
– Steve Kilkus