The Money & The Mind: The Two Key Aspects For Planning Our Future Lives
The future is a very overwhelming concept to the vast majority of us, primarily because we aren't particularly prepared for persistent change. Whether it's in relation to setting up a nest egg or the modern worries of mental health and financial anxieties rear their head too much for comfort; but the solution is simple, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. So, however old or young you may perceive yourself to be, what can you do to prepare better for your future years?
Get Some Financial Sense
This is all about getting a healthy attitude towards money. A lot of us can struggle with the idea of planning for the future, when we struggle in the in the present-day. But you have to think about what you would like out of your twilight years now, so you can save accordingly. If you are concerned about what's going to happen after you retire, or you are worried about if your dependents are going to be able to support you, making some clever healthcare investment plans and thinking about what do you actually want out of retirement can better prepare you in every way. A lot of us ignore the future, because it's so far away, but it can sneak up on you sooner than you think.
Look After Your Mind
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and as we get older, we hear more about the very real threats to our cognitive decline, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. But, while some of this is arguably hereditary, we can all do a few simple things to look after our brains and minds. Believe it or not, pushing yourself into more uncomfortable situations helps to develop mental resilience and toughness, but also, taking the viewpoint that your mind is a muscle is a very basic, yet beneficial, skill to ensure your mind is running in peak condition as you age. Exercising your brain by doing the things that challenge you specifically, either by learning a language, doing a crossword, or picking up a musical instrument, or things that can improve our ability to learn and develop. It's not true that your brain gets worse as you get older, as has been evidenced by the scientific term neuroplasticity. In other words, you can keep your brain nimble as you age, but you just have to work at it a little bit more. When we were children, our brains would act like sponges, and we can still do this, but we have to adhere to a stricter regime. But, we can still feel some of the benefits of eating a healthy diet, taking in the right fats, and all of that other information that we all know deep down.
Mind and money- it's these two things that we use every day in our lives, and as we get on in age, both can appear to be in steep decline. This doesn't have to be the case, just as long as you get yourself prepared for these eventualities. Your future life, after you finish working, should be an exciting period of time in your existence, so, by doing a few simple things now, this can be achieved.