Article – Ten Tips for Aging Gracefully and Beautifully

Article – Ten Tips for Aging Gracefully and Beautifully

If we were to believe what we see in the movies and on TV, life practically ends after the age of 30. The reality is that our global population is aging and, according to the UN Population Division, by 2035, 1 in 5 people will be 65-years of age or older. For most, the expectations of aging include the ability to maintain mobility, be injury and illness free, and stay in our homes until the ripe old age of 100. So what are the steps we can take to ensure this is a reality and not just a pipe dream?

The following ten tips will not only ease one into the aging process without too much shock, but also help to decrease the risk of chronic disease, injury, and may even lead us into our 90’s drama free, independent (and still looking relatively radiant in the process).

When it comes to aging, well, most of us know it’s inevitable. However, you do have control over whether age is accompanied by poor health, sore muscles and joints, and a quick-diminishing appearance.

There are many easy keys to aging gracefully—including staying active, eating right, and protecting your skin from sun damage—and better yet, they are all within your control.

So what are you waiting for? Incorporate the following ten tips into your life and enjoy the gorgeous, healthy ride into old-age.

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Ten Tips for Aging Gracefully and Beautifully

1. Get Your Beauty Sleep

You don’t want to miss out on life by sleeping through it. However, these are many benefits to getting adequate beauty rest. So ensure you’re sleeping well, and getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night—more when you are ill and your immune system is low.

2. Stay Hydrated

One easy way to remain youthful is to sip from nature’s elixir, and by that I mean drink plenty of water. Simple H20 will prevent dry skin, wrinkles, and ensure your hair, nails, and skin remain soft and supple, in addition to keeping your organs and digestive system running efficiently. Plus, those who sip water or herbal teas regularly flush their bodies of stressful, age-causing toxins.

3. Eat Fresh As Much As Possible

A diet rich in fresh, local fruits and vegetables is one that will keep you young and healthy. Studies show that those who consume a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies suffer less oxidative damage (due to environmental toxins).  Plus, both fruits and veggies contain plenty of antioxidants, which reverse the signs of aging.

4. Wear Sun Protection

Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a nice wide-brimmed hat on a hot day will do wonders for your skin by protecting it from harmful UV rays. While exposure to some sunlight is healthy (offering mood-enhancing Vitamin D), simultaneously protecting your skin—particularly the eyes and face—will reduce the chances of wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

5. Quit Smoking

Smoking ages us a lot! But you likely already knew that. Not only does addiction to sucking back the cigarettes increase your chances of cancer; it can also cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and breathing difficulties, which all considerably age the body.

6. Exercise Regularly

You don’t have to join an expensive gym to get a decent amount of exercise. In fact, staying active can be as easy as taking the dog for daily walks, leaving the car parked to do your errands, and playing you’re your kids more often.  Not only will an active lifestyle increase your energy levels; it will keep you looking and feeling young.

7. Skip the Refined Sugar

A diet high in refined sugars—the sweeteners you consume in processed snacks, soda, and baked goods—will greatly reduce your energy levels and your longevity. Instead, seek sweetness from natural sources, such as fresh fruits, honey, real maple syrup in moderation, and use other spices (i.e., cinnamon) to heighten your taste sensation.

8. Eat Good Fats

There are good fats and then there are bad fats. It just so happens that the fats you get from avocados, olive oil, nuts, coconut, and fatty fish (i.e., like salmon and tuna) are really good for you and your skin. Beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids will infuse your skin, hair, and nails with the necessary vitamins and nutrients to keep them glowing.

9. Focus on the Positive

There is something said about those who take a “glass-is-half-full” position in life—they are happy.  And the more you smile and focus on the positive; the more you avoid stress, banish drama, and remain looking and feeling younger than you’re actual number age.


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10.   Build a Relationship With God through Prayer

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

I have found this to be true. There are three reasons to pray: for God’s benefit, for your benefit and for the benefit of others.

  • Prayer is communicating with God. Prayer includes building a relationship with God which depends on communication. Your communication with God will never grow or develop without communicating with Him.
  • Prayer provides direction.
  • Prayer prevents wrong decisions.
  • Prayer eliminates worry and anxiety.
  • Prayer produces peacefulness.
  • Prayer invites God into our daily lives.
  • Prayer produces confidence.
  • Prayer prevents distractions.
  • Prayer protects us from discouragement.
  • Prayer reminds us how to act and to be a better person.

He left on record, the beautiful words of God in the Holy Bible to show us the way and how we should walk in today’s world. He shows us how to gain eternal life when this life ends.

My advice: Spend less time wrestling with the hours in your day and make it your goal to pray first. You’ll see your priorities fall into place, feel your spirit lighten from under the burden of diminishing time, and experience a peace that comes with spending every moment in the presence and under the guidance of your heavenly Father.

“Prayer is the key to Heaven, but Faith unlocks the door”


References:  Authorized Version of the King James Bible …gracefully and beautifully – Build a Relationship with God through Prayer

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