As we get older, it becomes important to look after our mind and spirit as well as our body. We have already established the fact that we need to physically exercise, and as followers and users of Hexrox products, you are probably doing this. As we age, especially after retirement, we tend to neglect our minds. We may notice we are not as sharp as we used to be and may even get a little forgetful. Our minds and spirits need to be regularly exercised as well. Here are a few suggestions that can be easily incorporated into your daily routines to help ensure that as you age, you take care of the WHOLE person.
Read every day. Never be without a book you are reading. Pick up a new one when you are done. Reading is much more cognitively stimulating that watching TV or listening to the radio.
Keep and write in a journal. Take 5 minutes each night before going to bed to write about one or two highlights of your day, a short reflection, some “aha” moment that presented itself, or something you learned or read that day.
Filter your thoughts and stretch your thinking. Your brain is like a a muscle that needs good healthy stimulation.
Focus on the positive rather than the negative. Stop worrying about things that are beyond your control.
Take up a new and interesting hobby. Learn to play a musical instrument. With time and effort you can learn anything.
Take ten minutes at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day to pray, reflect or meditate. If this is new to you, begin with short inspirational readings, prayers, or spiritual reflections written by others.
Develop the habit of being thankful. Be conscious of your blessings. At the end of each day find something to give thanks for.
Share your blessings by supporting a charity or contributing your time to a meaningful cause.
Connect with others. Do not isolate yourself. Your relational interactions can either nourish or sap your spirit. Remember the Golden Rule — do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Refrain from gossip. Make amends or say you are sorry when you are in the wrong. Focus on the good in people. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Do something for someone very day.
In addition to your regular physical exercises,
Make sure you have enough sleep each day to recreate your mind, body and spirit.
Keep your stress level low.
Eat balanced, moderate and regular meals .
Cut out excess sugars, sodas and comfort foods.
Hydrate well and make water your drink of choice.