Mammy always said life’s for living. And she was right, of course. (They always are).
But, the older you get, you might just find yourself less inclined to sign up for that intensive fat-burning, belly-blasting ab crunching 75 minute evening gym class (even reading that is exhausting), and more inclined to, well, take it easy… You’re out of the rat race, with time – finally – to stop and smell the roses. But, just because you’re not up at the crack of dawn every day to beat the traffic, or pounding down the happy hour cocktails from Tuesday through to Thursday inclusive, that doesn’t mean you can’t still live life to the fullest.
As you enter a new phase of life, your priorities will begin to shift. You might want to discover a new hobby, or explore some new ground. A good way to start is to check in with yourself first, and find out how you’re really feeling in your body, your mind, and your spirit. To begin, bring some focus to your senses. These gems, all 5 of them, are key to experiencing life to the fullest, so have a think, and ask yourself – could it be better? Could your glasses prescription be a little stronger? Have you been putting off that trip to the audiologist? Is that a lingering sinus infection that just won’t budge? Self-awareness is key to navigating new terrain, and is a great way to feel connected to yourself, and the world around you. Turning attention back to your senses is a surprisingly effective way to bring new depths to every day experiences. Ask yourself, what can I hear? How can I be present? How am I feeling, in this moment?
If self-awareness is something you feel you could stand to focus on a little more, why not try out some options below, and start from there.
Now I Sea.
Yes, it’s bitterly cold, and there’s a shockin’ wind when you get down there, and you’ll have absolutely frozen extremities numb to the touch as you run from the waves, desperately reaching your hands out for your towel. Yep. It’s freezing. But do you know what else? It’s invigorating. It’s exhilarating. It’s rejuvenating. It’s just what the doctor ordered. It’s sea swimming!
Sea swimming, or just going in for a little dip and a wade, is becoming more and more popular across the country, as our nation’s stressed out, tired, and just plain bored, look to nature to heal, re-set, and dust off the cobwebs braving the elements to feel more alive, and truly grounded.
You don’t have to look far to discover the not-so-secret benefits of sea swimming. Hailed not only as a laborious-yet-rewarding form of physical exercise (not for the faint hearted), the mental health benefits that come with sprightly sashaying into the open water are not to be ignored either. Ask any elderly skinny-dipper you meet down at the pier what’s kept them going all these years and you can bet that somewhere deep into that daily dive they’ve uncovered the secrets of youth, happiness, and mental clarity – the hat-trick of life, in other words.
Good for the body, and nourishing for the soul, the next time you find yourself craving some peace, stability, and calm, head for the ocean. It will help. Brace yourself, and jump in. Just don’t forget to breathe.
The internet really has all the answers, doesn’t it? Plagued by an annoying jingle from the 1970s swirling round and round your head, but can’t for the life of you remember the ad it was from? Google it. The exact dimensions of the base of the Eiffel Tower (height, and width) keeping you awake at night?* Google it. Curious as to what the most popular pet names of the medieval period were? Yep, Google knows that too.**
The world has been logging on, and turning to doctor Google for many, many years, with the more recent phenomenon of the podcast now taking centre stage. Much like Google, people of all ages, backgrounds, and dispositions are turning to podcasts for enlightenment, for answers and, more often than not, for entertainment. So, listen up. The world’s libraries have gone digital, and audio is the way forward for books, culture, lifestyle, health, and wellness. And do you know what else? They are, for the most part, free to access once you have a working internet connection.
A companion for the longer days, a buddy for that long drive, the answer for when things just aren’t going your way, active listening can have a profoundly positive effect on your mental wellbeing, and the great thing about having access to such a large repertoire is that you can pick and choose new topics each day to explore from the comfort of your own home, car, sofa, or back garden. Find a streaming service such as Spotify, Stitcher, or PodBay, or just ask your old pal Google to recommend the best platform for your needs, and s/he will provide.
Remember, life’s for living, but it’s also for hearing. We don’t need to tell you that the older you get, the more your body changes. By now, you’ve probably figured that out for yourself. Contrary to age old beliefs, a changing body isn’t actually something to fear. Remember, you made it past puberty ok, you handled early adulthood with grace and poise, you came through middle age with (most) body parts still intact…so why should this next phase be any different? What’s important, is listening. Listen to your body, make note of changes, and then…do something about it. Don’t strain to listen to your favourite podcasts, don’t avoid family gatherings or social commitments for fear of stigma, don’t miss out on hearing your grandchild’s cheers of joy, or your bold friend’s sarky social commentary. If your hearing changes, do something.
Life’s for seeing, life’s for hearing, life’s for touching, life’s for smelling, and life’s for tasting. Life, is for living. Call into us for a free hearing test any day of the week and our expert team will be happy to talk you through your options.
*125 metres (410ft), each side.
** Nosewise, Amiable, and Bo coming up tops, interestingly.