Let’s get one thing clear: how old you are or look isn’t anywhere nearly as important as some people claim. So long as you’re happy and positive about life, then you’re onto something good! But it’s also true that, as part of our broader desire to have confidence and live our best life, we don’t want to feel over the hill when we’re in our prime. The good news is that it’s possible to look and feel younger by incorporating a few simple tips into our lifestyle. We take a look at six such examples below.
Change Those Clothes
Remember when you were young, and you’d always be buying new clothing, mixing up your styles, and all-around making sure that you looked the part? The responsibilities that we acquire as we age sometimes makes it more difficult for this to be as big a priority as it was in the past, but by being conscious of it, we can give our fashion style a boost. If you’re currently wearing the same old clothes you’ve been wearing for years, look at hitting the shops. The trick is to buy clothes that are stylish and hip, but not too young — that’ll have the opposite effect.
When we talk about youth, it’s not just looks that we think about. It’s the energy. When we’re young, we have the energy to explore, and walk with a spring in our step. As we age, our bodies begin to slow down, and, before we know it, we’re not quite as sprightly as we once were. This can happen as young as twenty-five, if our lifestyle generally leads us that way. The good news is that no matter how much energy you think has been lost, it’s always possible to get it back. If you make a habit of exercising regularly, avoid sitting quite as much, and do yoga, you’ll find that you’ve regained that youthful spring.
There’s nothing that’ll make you feel old quite like the sensation that the world has passed you by. From nowhere, you don’t understand the new culture, the music, the art, the food, the politics, the everything. But here’s the thing: these things are not the reserve of the young. It just comes easier for them because they’re immersed in them, and have more time. You can have a grip on the world by attending events, reading the modern culture magazines, and trying new things. Do these things, and you’ll avoid the feeling that the world has moved on without you.
Signs of Aging
One of the simplest ways to avoid looking older than your years is to reduce the obvious signs of aging. While some people think that it’s something that’s written all over a person’s face, it actually just comes down to a few key areas, such as the hair, skin, and aforementioned clothes. For your skin, you can look at some modern facial rejuvenation methods — it’ll help give the skin a more vibrant, youthful appearance. On a more general basis, you’ll want to avoid lifestyle factors that punish the skin, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and spending too many hours in the sunshine without sun lotion. For your hair, it’s about staying up to date with new trends (just be sure to avoid, like the clothes, getting a style that’s for people far younger than you are), and covering up those gray hairs.
They say that you can be old at twenty-five, and young at sixty-five. It all comes to your attitude. If you’re a world-weary cynic, then you’re going to seem old before your time. That sort of attitude is going to make you like a grumpy old man or woman if you’re not careful. Conversely, an open, generally optimistic attitude will take you far. It’s a tough world, sure, but there’s more good in it than bad — never let life beat you down so much that you forget that elementary truth.
Follow the Blue Zone
It’s not how old you are, it’s how old you feel. If you feel young, then you are young — it’s that simple. One of the best lifestyles to follow is those who live in the “blue zones,” those corners of the world where people live longest, and, most crucially, are happiest. They often say that the key to feeling youthful — even when you’re into your eighties — is eating well, mild exercise, a sense of community, and a sense of purpose. Give it a try!