Mind over matter

Worldwide, 600 million of us are aged 60 years and over and by 2025 that figure will double. As longevity beckons, developing a positive attitude to life is important if we are to maintain wellbeing for the long haul ahead…

When we make healthy lifestyle choices we can continue to shine right through the ages. In addition to physical factors such as balanced nutrition and regular exercise,  mental wellbeing plays an important role in keeping our body in fine fettle and our brain sharp.

A healthy sense of self respect is highly motivating when it comes to living well, and for longer. People, irrespective of age, who recognise their own worth tend to command respect and recognition from others – it’s a self fulfilling prophecy.

Our attitude to life exerts significant influence on our general health and wellbeing; the suggestions below form a helpful guide towards a habitually healthy frame of mind. Devote time to family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues: A little time goes a long way when we take real interest in those we care about; make a point of listening to others’ views and work meaningfully at relationships – the more you give, the more you get back, the better everyone feels.

It’s never too late to learn

There’s nothing like mastering (or even trying) something new to build confidence and gain a sense of achievement, so hop out of your comfort zone and read/listen/watch a new genre, build, fix, cook, play, do something you’ve never tried before.

Help out

Charity work, volunteering in a community, giving an encouraging smile, minding your Ps and Qs, all have the potential to brighten someone’s day and you’ll feel that warm fuzzy feeling when you receive it back.

Be present

Become more aware of the present moment. Consider how you feel emotionally, how you’re reacting, what you’re thinking, how your body feels. Take note of your immediate environment and the world around you. Taking more careful notice and being mindful of the moment can help towards making positive changes to how you deal with problems and your attitude to life in general.

Written by Dr. Noel Duncan