A big part of living your best life is setting personal goals that define your priorities. Have you left your health off that list? The Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board offers some tips to help you make sure your agenda includes a renewed focus on self-care.
Radiate Positive Energy
Greet sunny days with a sunny smile. It's truly better for your overall health. Dr. Debra Gray King notes that, "Smiling releases endorphins, which naturally fight stress and increase overall wellness. Problems with your mouth can lead to problems with your whole body, so keeping a healthy smile is vital to staying fabulous." In addition to physical health, Dr. King's cosmetic dentistry can also lead to healthier self-esteem as patients gain a positive outlook along with their new smile.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com
"Smiling releases endorphins which naturally fight stress and increase overall wellness ... keeping a healthy smile is vital to staying fabulous."
Be Skin Smart
Spring is the perfect time to check in with a dermatologist. The weather's getting warmer and we're all heading back outside—often with skin exposed as we wear shorts or sleeveless tops or swimsuits for spring break vacations. Take a closer look at your skin. Pay attention to spots or discolorations. Dr. Juneau advises making a dermatology appointment for a full comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan addressing your age, skin type and specific concerns. When it comes to living your best life, she says,"Slow down, enjoy the ride and don't forget the sunscreen." dermatologyconsultants.org
"Slow down, enjoy the ride and don't forget the sunscreen."
Glow from Inside Out
Aging gracefully and beautifully is about more than just how your skin appears on the outside. It's about overall health, explains Dr. Diane Alexander. "I can work on the appearance of the skin and the contour of the face, but if you are eating and sleeping well, exercising and drinking lots of water, your skin will be beautiful—you're going to glow! You may actually delay facial surgery because you will have healthier skin and collagen and you will look younger."artisanplasticsurgery.com
"If you are eating and sleeping well, exercising and drinking lots of water, your skin will be beautiful—you're going to glow!"
Find Your Passion
Fear can be a powerful emotion and one that Dr. Tara Hrobowski understands well. "I think my mother was afraid when I told her what I wanted to do with regard to being an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist.
I was such an emotional child and had a hard time dealing with death, so I think she believed that it would be emotionally overwhelming for me," she says. Hrobowski advises channeling that fear and using it to find your calling. "I think you should sometimes let your fear drive you. You know, that was her fear for me and, honestly, a fear for myself. However, once I began this journey, as mentally and emotionally exhausting as it is at times, I knew that it was my passion. This was what I was supposed to do." piedmont.org
"Once I began this journey ... I knew this was my passion. This was what I was supposed to do."
Discover Your City
Atlanta may be known for traffic, but the Atlanta BeltLine Project offers an alternative to that time stuck in a car. BeltLine Ambassador Madison James champions the progress. "I applaud Atlanta for seeing the importance of putting focus on urban development. On the BeltLine, along the Eastside Trail, there are restaurants and Ponce City Market. You can make a day of it with the family and pets and kids riding bikes and there are activities happening all the time. If you want to get more active, be a part of the things that the BeltLine has going on." beltline.org
"I applaud Atlanta for seeing the importance of putting focus on urban development. If you want to get more active, be a part of the things that the BeltLine has going on."
Find Your Style
Dr. Whiteman gets fulfillment in seeing the response patients have after their procedure. His goal is to help patients look their best, and he most enjoys seeing clients gain confidence. "Patients come in later after surgery [and] they've totally changed their look and their clothing style to enhance their look. Their personality reflects a new, improved sense of self." However, Dr. Whiteman always reminds clients that plastic surgery isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. To get the best results, you must find the best look for you and embrace it. southernplasticsurgery.com
"Patients come in later after surgery [and] they've totally changed their look and their clothing style to enhance their look. Their personality reflects a new, improved sense of self."
Make a Move
Karen Foley recognizes a change in the way the fitness industry is viewed as more people begin to understand that exercise is not just for losing weight. Getting strong and staying healthy impacts your whole life. "It's a big shift, " she says, "it's about feeling comfortable in your skin and making a goal for yourself, no matter what that is. We find a pathway to help you get there. Exercise is just movement. Find which way you like to move and make that a priority in your life." windyhillclub.com
"Exercise is just movement. Find which way you like to move and make that a priority in your life."
Heal Your Pain
The desire to ease aches and pains as soon as possible can be overwhelming. But, healthcare isn't one size fits all, what works for some might not work for you. When it comes to choosing a course of treatment Dr. Tara Frix encourages patients to explore all their options to find what is best for them before making a decision. "Our office is unique in that we have a team of caring osteopathic physicians, medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists that work to create a comprehensive and personalized plan for each individual patient." totalhealthmed.com
"We have a team... that work to create a comprehensive and personalized plan for each individual patient."
Accentuate Your Assets
An honest hairdresser can be just as valuable as a trusted friend, especially when it comes to finding a look that is most flattering for you, explains Steve Hightower. "The biggest mistake hairdressers make is when a client comes in with pictures of famous people and says, 'I want this.'
I'm very honest. What works for one person will not necessarily work on another. It is the hairdresser's responsibility to be honest with you. I have upset many people by saying no. I tell them when their hair texture will not do what is in the picture or will not accentuate their best features and will draw attention to problem areas. In the end they respect me for it." stevehightower.com
"I'm very honest. What works for one person will not necessarily work on another. It's the hairdresser's responsibility to be honest with you."