Getting older affects every part of our lives, including emotions, mental health, physical wellbeing, sexuality, and more. And while all these changes are not necessarily bad, finding a way to embrace them gracefully is sometimes a challenge. The key is to enjoy the good things while proactively minimizing the negative. For example, after retirement, you might have more time to travel or to spend with your friends. Plus, as long as you remain active, you can physically enjoy most of the same things you always have. And nowadays, there are much better ways to manage your health than there used to be. Here are some of the best.

Manage your menopause.

If you’re not there yet, you eventually will be. Menopause is a looming fear that almost all women have, but few are ever prepared for. But the great thing about menopause is that you’ll no longer have periods. However, the tricky thing about it is that there are many stages to it. One of those is perimenopause, which can last for years before you actually stop menstruating. Some symptoms of perimenopause include hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, changes in libido, irregular periods, night sweats, and more.

The best thing to do when you start to notice these menopause symptoms is to get informed. It will help you feel a little more in control of what’s going on in your body. There are lots of things you can do to manage your symptoms, including hormone therapy, herbal supplements, and medications. There are even some great communities, resources, and apps to track perimenopause so you know what to expect along the way.

Seek out natural remedies.

Modern medicine has come a long way, but so has our understanding of natural remedies and alternative medicine. It’s important as we age to do everything we can to take care of ourselves without putting more harmful substances in our bodies. You might try ginger or peppermint for stomach health or CBD for muscle relaxation. In fact, CBD can be found in a variety of forms, such as drops, balms, and oils for a variety of different treatments. It can be used for chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, inflammation, and many other conditions. CBD is usually taken topically. And one of the best things about it is that it has zero side effects for most people. Remember, It’s important to consult with a licensed healthcare provider before using CBD products.

Keep your social calendar full.

Keeping an active social life has several health benefits you may not know about. According to the National Institute on Aging, social isolation and loneliness in older people pose some serious health risks, such as high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, and a weakened immune system, just to name a few. So, staying in touch with your friends and getting out among people regularly is one of the keys to a full and healthy life as you age. If you can’t seem to round up your gals for regular lunches, try out some other organized activities. Most communities have a senior citizens center where you can go for meals and games. Or you might check your local YMCA for aerobics classes geared toward older adults. This will keep you social as well as physically fit.

Change your diet.

One of the most important lifestyle changes you’ll need to make as you get older is your diet. We don’t usually need as many calories as we age, but our bodies still need the same nutrients. For this reason, it becomes more important than ever to eat healthy whole foods that give us plenty of vitamins and minerals. Also, you may need to take supplements to make sure you’re getting enough vital nutrients, such as calcium and iron.