Aging is a beautiful privilege which comes with its own unique benefits and challenges, but it’s only natural to sporadically wish you could turn back the clocks a little bit. Unfortunately, as of yet, nobody has discovered the fountain of youth, but with a few minor adjustments, you can trick yourself (and everyone else!) into believing that you’ve discovered the magic potion. Here are 10 ideas:
Change Your Routine
If you live a life of rigid structure, consider shaking things up a bit. Wake up earlier than usual, eat something different for breakfast, replace your trusted brand of toothpaste, turn left instead of right, buy your groceries from the a different store… anything you can think of, do it differently. This will make your day feel brand new, and you’ll discover that there is a world of options just waiting to be explored.
Change Your Appearance
The exact same reflection in the mirror every day can become tediously repetitious, and so why not wake up to someone new? Get a haircut, shave the facial hair, and swap out your dated wardrobe for a younger look. Maybe even consider a facial piercing if you’re crazy enough for it.
Visit New Places
Nothing will make you feel younger than discovering unfamiliar territories, even if it is as simple as taking a leisurely stroll by the seaside or eating candyfloss on the funfair carousel. For those who have a bit of money tucked away, why not jump on a cruise ship or fly to a remote island, reigniting the spontaneous flare of living like a child again.
Don’t Let Your Ailments Slow You Down
Nothing reminds you of your gradual aging process quite like the body’s persistent moans of aches and pains. Annual checkups with your doctor will direct you towards the ideal solutions in alleviating your physical hindrances, and you can also experiment with other pain management alternatives to discover what works best for you.
There is never any excuse to allow the mind to grow stale, so keep your brain stimulated by learning a new skill or delving into a hobby you always wanted to try. Take up a language course, practice cooking the perfect lasagne, write your memoirs, or paint a masterpiece. These endeavors will jump-start that enthusiastic hunger for accomplishment, and provide you with a go-to project which automatically brings you joy.
How does the saying go? “You are the company you keep”? Using that theory, you could spend some of your time socializing with children, learning their latest lingo and embarrassing them when you use it in conversation. In fact, any form of human connection can boost your spirits and has been proven to contribute to an immeasurable amount of other health benefits. And don’t forget to seek out the funny side in any situation, as laughter is known to be the best medicine for good reason.
Put on the Classics and Have a Dance
When you think of your college years, what was the soundtrack to those exciting times? Load that music up and dance around your living room, replaying these meaningful moments as if you are back there right now. But keep it upbeat! As studies have linked faster music to an increased rhythm of the heart, and that will get your blood flowing and set your inner-youngster free.
While you’re basking in the delight of dancing, why not take it a step further and introduce more exercise into your lifestyle. Nobody is talking about becoming a bodybuilder or a marathon runner here, but rather taking a speedy walk every day, which will increase your energy levels and decrease your waistline closer to your sexier days of glory.
At the same time, don’t forget to relax a little. Go for a facial or a pedicure, perpetually lathering your skin with moisture to make you look (and feel!) younger. While you’re at it, treat yourself to a full-body massage from a professional, working out those miserable knots to rejuvenate your whole being. And, hey, if you sneak an occasional chocolate into your diet, who’s going to know?
No one has to tell you this, but the most powerful method of complete restoration is a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. From all the dancing and exercising you’ve been doing, floating away into a deep slumber shouldn’t be a problem, but it is still suggested that you turn off all distracting electronic devices an hour or two before you climb under the covers, as well as keeping any daily work responsibilities out of the bedroom to disassociate your place of rest with stress. Finally, a fixed bedtime comes highly recommended, as it sets your body clock in sync with your routine. Ok, goodnight!