5 ways to love yourself in later life

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

Over 50 and still feeling like a spring chicken? Well you’re not alone. As Bob Dylan once wrote, ‘The Times They Are a-Changing’ and this certainly rings true when it comes to living in later life.  As people live longer, more and more over 50s are enjoying the second chapters of their lives and why shouldn’t they?

We’ve put together a list of conventional (and not so conventional) ways for you to take care of number one in those later years.

Feed your wanderlust

According to Travel Supermarkets 2013 report, 20% of retirees plan to take three holidays in 2013. As well as 15% of over 60s wanting their main holiday to last more than 21 nights. If you have wanderlust, why not take that long haul holiday that you always wanted. There are travel agents that can tailor your trip making it as hard or as easy as you want. There isn’t a better time than now, so just go for it.

Expand your circles

It’s important to develop new relationships and surround yourself with people who you can talk to. After all, we all need a nice hug and smile every once in a while. Meeting new people can be a daunting experience but the important thing to remember is that there are lots of people who are in the same boat as you. For tips on how to make new friends, read our previous article making new friends when you’re over 50.

Be beautiful

Taking care of number one in later life has never been more important. Just because you’re over 50 it doesn’t mean you have to put up with second best. By taking care of yourself, you will feel beautiful from within and this beauty will be magnified through your looks and personality.

Most women use traditional methods such as skin care and beauty products to maintain their glow but interestingly new statistics show that more and more over 60s are turning to cosmetic surgery. According to Private Hospital Spire Healthcare there has been a dramatic rise in over 60s going under the knife with a rise of 303% for women and 168% for men. Surgery is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you choose to go down that road you’re certainly not alone.

Stay healthy

Asides from the medical benefits of living a healthier life you should also consider how exercise and eating well can affect your mental wellbeing. It has been proven that exercise can help you combat stress, anxiety and depression. Many factors influence how happy you are but by keeping an active lifestyle you can keep up your self-esteem and control for those times you need to rise up to the challenge.

Go extreme

They say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. An article from marketingmagazine.co.uk noted that extreme sports are popular amongst over 60s with activities such as diving, mountaineering and skiing on the rise. Even if you aren’t not such a dare devil, you can still set a goal that is relative to you. By pushing new boundaries you can grow your confidence and you might just learn something new about yourself.

As they say, 70 is the new 50. So take control of your destiny and love yourself, you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you!

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