ShyeAnne lives on beautiful Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She strives to age in a healthy way.
And The Beat Goes On
"And The Beat Goes On." This is my mantra these days.
I am 65 and I want my heart to keep on beating for many years.
Time passes rapidly once we realize it is finite.
No one here gets out alive.
I arrive at this age slightly baffled as to how I got here in one piece.
With a little help from my friends and a tenacious spirit, I soldier on into my sunset years.
Resting After an Active Day
Physical movement is a big deal as we age.
In order to keep healthy and strong one needs to move a bit every day. That means different things to different people, depending on our interests and lifestyles.
Some people hike mountain trails or run miles. Others walk around the block a few times a week, or belong to an exercise group.
There are infinite ways to move your body and keep healthy and active. Just do it!
My exercise of choice is walking my beautiful dogs Pearl and Ivan. Pearl and Ivan are two of the main sources of my desire for longevity. I love my dogs. I love all dogs.
My son and my family are also my inspiration to age gracefully and in a healthy way.
We need love and connection in our lives to nourish our spirits.
Make the effort to strengthen the bonds you have.
Create new bonds if the old have fallen by the wayside.
It is worth it and I guarantee you will live longer if you do.
Love and Connection
Love is an amazing antidote to life's trials and tribulations and a great addition to even the most perfect and stable life.
Loving a human, an animal, a place or thing exercises all of our emotions at one time or another.
There are so many facets to love and they all contribute to our happiness and well being.
We need to stretch and bend those emotions so we do not forget how to feel and become numb to the love available and offered to us from many directions.
Self love and love for others is a stabalizer and helps ground us in respect and belief in ourselves.
"Make the effort to strengthen the bonds you have"
Drop the Habits That Are Hard on Your Body
Coffee, alcohol, marijuana, medications, cigarettes, etc.
As we age what were once vices risk becoming chronic habits.
When our age starts hitting the big numbers, 60+, it is a good idea to give consideration to the habits we have developed.
Our bodies become annoyed with the chronic abuse and start protesting by falling apart, wearing out, becoming dis-eased.
This doesn't mean we need to drop our habits completely.
Moderation is the key.
Depravation simply makes us age faster.
"Let Bygones Be Bygones"
Keep On Keepin' On..
Keeping socially active is integral for healthy aging. We need to give ourselves permission to play in the sandbox until the day we die.
In 1993 the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray was released. It is about a man that finds himself reliving the same day again and again.
We need to make sure that doesn't happen to us.
Visit your friends if you're mobile. Volunteer if you have a giving spirit. Go visit the tortoises in Galapagos if that suits your fancy.
Keep on keepin' on. It will keep your spirit healthy and young.
Forgive and Forget
Don't Forget to Play
Love, Peace, Happiness(and a little meditation!)
As simplistic as it sounds, love, peace and happiness are the keys to healthy aging. One way to help yourself achieve these states is meditation.
Meditation, like exercise, can take many forms. Meditation is whatever works for you to calm your brain.
What works for me is singing the Alphabet backwards.
I taught myself to sing the Alphabet backwards to sharpen my focus. It took a lot of concentration. There is no room for brain chatter when one is focusing on a mental task and the feeling of accomplishment is worth it..
Now when I wake up in the night I silently sing myself back to Z, Y, X sleep!
Meditating calms the brain and allows for focused energy.
Love and Sustenance!
And Don't Forget Sustenance
Last but by far not the least important, eat food that nourishes your body, food that provides the vitamins, minerals and energy you need to support a healthy transition to your elder years.
Eat well, drink moderately and be merry as often as you can!
Resolve Old Grudges
© 2021 ShyeAnne