Dream On & Other Tips to Stay Young
by Rochelle Griffin
Do you remember that moment when you realized that you weren’t in your 20’s anymore? For me, it happened last week when my hubby, Keith, and I went to see Aerosmith. I’ve loved the band forever, so going to see them live made me feel like I was in my 20’s again. Cheap Trick opened the concert. When they came out, I couldn’t believe it. The lead singer still had his signature long hair and hat. I leaned over to Keith and expressed my surprise & happiness. At the end of the first song, I glanced around the arena. When my attention turned back to the stage, imagine my surprise to see a “different” singer. This guy had short hair. Huh? Keith laughed at me, telling me that when the singer removed his hat, the hair came off with it. Joke on me, although it took me a few more songs to believe that it was the same guy. Such a “cheap trick.” Fast forward to Aerosmith. The concert was absolutely amazing. During the drum solo, the drummer threw his drumsticks out into the crowd. Instead of being excited, as I would have been in the past, I immediately thought just like a mom: “You could poke someone’s eye out that way!”
Hmmmmm…I had to admit I was no longer in my 20’s. Dream on. Times have changed.
Funny though…I’m going to be 45 years old in just a few short months, but my body still feels like my 20’s. Truly. While, yes, genetics plays a part in this, I’m going to share with you 9 secrets that I believe helps keep me young.
1. Start out each morning with private time
For me it’s reading my Bible & praying. It may be something different for you. Either way, take some time in the early am to center yourself and get ready mentally for the craziness of the day
This has been my nutritional insurance and secret weapon for 3 years now. Nothing has compared for me and it’s been worth every single penny. I haven’t had anything beyond a mild cold for a very long time. Currently I’m in love with eating my Shakeology as a chocolate frosting dessert…even at the concert
3. Stay alkaline
I’m not going to put my RN hat right now and give a lesson in blood chemistry. I will simply say that our blood is meant to be alkaline vs. acidic. Many of the foods today, including fast food, processed food, coffee, alcohol, and dairy are acidic in nature. It’s thought that acidic foods are a main culprit in many physical ailments. I either drink Alkalinize once per day or drink 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbsp raw honey in a cup of hot water twice per day to keep in tip top shape.
4. Take care of personal needs
Mentally, it’s important that I feel good about myself. I make sure to get my hair and nails done regularly. I take care of my skin. I never ever go to bed with makeup on my face. Simple steps help me feel great.
Exercise 5-6 times/week is essential. Regardless of age, muscle boosts metabolism and give the body a great shape. Plus, I can keep up with my child.
I love to laugh. Thankfully I have a husband and child who are hilarious. I don’t think a day goes by where we don’t laugh together. Researchers have found that laughing increases circulation, decreases pain, decreases stress hormones, and releases endorphins.
7. Experience new things
I love adventure and thankfully, I have a husband and child who feel the same. Whether is tackling a roller coaster that takes my breath away, white water rafting, zip-lining, jet-skiing, hiking, whatever, I love a challenge. I love to travel and experience new places. If life remains the status quo for too long, I become bored. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie but do something new. Go explore a new city, museum, or restaurant.
Yep. I make no apologies for the three-letter word that tends to make people blush. Connecting with my spouse regularly is so important and is key in keeping our 21-year marriage strong.
9. Surround yourself with people and things that you love
It took me a while to learn this one. I love to serve, so I often found myself taking on more than I should have. This left me little time for the things that were important to me. Not any more. I had to prioritize what truly made me happy. Once I did that, it became very easy to say “No” to people or situations that didn’t fit. As a result, my stress level decreased dramatically.
In short, I don’t believe that there is a single answer to the fountain of youth. I believe that it’s a combination of taking care of yourself spiritually, emotionally, and physically. As a result, I sometimes have to pinch myself when I think about what my chronological age really is. Regardless of your age, it’s never too late to turn back the hands of time and feel better. Choose one or two items from my list as a place to start.
If you have some tips of your own, I’d LOVE to hear them. Let me know in the comments. Let’s help each other stay young and Dream On!
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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