Updated: Feb 28
"Yoga gives years to you life and life to your years"
I truly believe, 'you are only as old as you feel'. If you are authentic to yourself, you will be forever young at heart.
This is a bit of a personal post - So the last few years I've been embarrassed by my age, I have avoided telling work colleagues, ticking the AGE BOX in application and showing my ID. Yes, I still get asked for ID. I'm now in my mid 30s (37) and people assume I am in my mid 20s. Which is great until I have to tell them my age and they look at me in a state of horror, like I am Benjamin Brown. Some might say I come across innocent or naive and that's why they think I am young. But I think that's because I am still hopeful and ambitious, I haven't settled and given up on life. In fact, I am embracing life. Sometimes it feels like I'm a cat and I've lived 9 lives; In my life I have achieved a Masters, worked in the creative and corporate industry and became a teacher. So by far am I naive; I just haven't let anything define me and always keep a open mind. That's whats the KEY, remember to keep learning, keep observing, keep creating. This will keep your mind alive and your soul young, be forever a student.
These are my top tips for keeping a healthy mind and body:
Whether it's travelling exploring new cultures and languages or graduating from university. Just keep learning and find the facts. Never take things for granted or listen to another person opinion before researching and discovering your own. The more you know about the world, the more you will build upon your character and gain perspective.
Balance your energy by prioritising your time. Spend time with the right people and stay connected. It's great to have alone time but strong ties with family, friends and the community provide us with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical wellbeing. Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
Small acts of kindness can go a long way, making all involved feel loved, appreciated and cared for. Give your time or money, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
You don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Keep learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges
Be in Nature
Spend as much time as possible outdoors in nature. This will give you a sense of perspective and arose your scenes. Go exploring, whether it's nature trails in your local park or national forest to swimming in the salty sea. Breathe in the fresh air and observe all things bright and beautiful.
In order for our bodies to perform well they need fuel. Imagine a car without oil or fuel – you won’t get very far! Try to eat the rainbow and have regular meals and remember to keep well hydrated. My top two favourites are WATER and GREEN TEA. Drink plenty of water helps to keep you alert, energised and skin looking younger. Green tea has antioxidants which prevents illness and help with digestion.
1) Coconut oil - Great for face moisturiser
2) Water - Keeps you hydrated
3) Face massage - Creates blood circulation
4) Almond milk - This will keep your hair and nails healthy
5) Honey - Replace sugar with honey
6) Sunshine - Vitamin D
7) CBD - It's the way forward :)
Photos by @my.favourite.human