There is no louder wakeup call than turning 40 when all of a sudden you are no longer in that “life is only just beginning” group, and some things need to change. Hey, stop panicking – nothing’s lost just yet.
A few lifestyle changes here and there, and you’ll be able to enjoy a much longer, fuller and happier life in your 40s and beyond.
Detox of Negative People
Nothing is more energy-draining than being surrounded by people that make you feel uncomfortable or put you down.
You are a big girl now, and it’s time to say “Goodbye” and let go. You owe it to yourself to live a life filled with good people, high energy and positive vibes only.
Our bodies thrive on regularity, in all segments of our lives. Although you’ve probably formed a few habits by now, try to upgrade them by making them even healthier. For instance:
- Start going to bed before 12 AM
- Try to get up at roughly the same
- Eat at regular intervals
- Sleep as much as possible
These and plenty other healthy habits will prove beneficial for your mental and physical health in the long run.
Yes, being 40 does sound a bit terrifying, but it’s empowering as well: after all, you’ve done all those things that you have, and not a single person in this world could’ve done them better.
Be proud of every single failure and achievement you’ve had, and now – take the time to think of yourself, love you and appreciate you.
Walking reduces stress, helps mental clarity and increases stamina. If you live far from work and can’t walk everywhere, do the second best by getting off the bus a few stops early, take the stairs at work, walk your dog, and ride a bicycle on weekends, etc. Set a goal to complete 150 minutes of brisk walking every week.
As we age, our bodies become intolerant to a variety of “hard foods,” resulting in an upset stomach, weight gain, headaches, hormonal disbalance, overall discomfort, mental fog and many other factors. The best diet to adopt is Mediterranean: eat plenty of fish, leafy greens, organic white meat, use butter instead of olive oil, reduce carb intake and eat plenty of purple foods. Including turmeric in your diet is excellent as it fights depression, inflammation, arthritis, and muscle pain. Almonds are a perfect snack as are sunflower seeds.
According to Liz Earle, author of The Good Gut Guide, “inflammation caused by the microbial activity in our gut can cause aging, particularly of the skin.” On that note, it’s essential you include regular probiotic intake in your diet, so you restore your gut balance and give your skin a chance. If you are not a big fan of yogurt, you can take probiotics as supplements. A healthy gut balance will lead to a much clearer and smoother skin, relieved of rosacea and acne.
Get Real About Your Skin
You’ve probably been doing it since you were 25+, but this is the time to adapt to a new regime that agrees with your aging skin. Don’t waste money on beauty products that don’t work; instead, pay a visit to a cosmetic dermatologist to get anti-aging treatments for your skin. A thing that doesn’t change is the necessity to exfoliate regularly and wear SPF sun cream daily.
Being 40+ is beautiful; this is when you are mature, self-confident and ready to take on the world yourself. Take good care of yourself, for you – and everyone who loves you.
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