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8 Mental Health Tips for Seniors

Your 1+1 Team
August 27, 2022

As you age and transition into a new chapter of your life, the changes you undergo can affect you both physically and mentally. Whether you are experiencing a loss of energy or are socially isolated, there are a variety of factors that cause seniors to experience depression. If seniors ignore their cry for help, their overall well-being and quality of life will suffer. Here are 8 ways seniors can prioritize themselves and maintain their mental health.

Mental Health Tips for Seniors:

1. Start your day right

Start your day positively whether it be through an affirmation, a prayer, or a bit of stretching. Having a good kickstart in the morning can help you reduce stress and grow confidence to enjoy the rest of your day. Some examples of daily positive affirmations your loved one could say include:

  • “I am living the best years of my life.”
  • “Today is going to be a good day.”
  • “Every day, I find happiness and comfort.”

2. Exercise regularly

Exercise not only benefits you physically but mentally as well. An older adult can maintain both their physical and mental health by doing at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Doing a simple walk around the neighborhood or some yoga stretches can help your body release a happy hormone called endorphins. Exercise endorphins help reduce stress, improve sleep, and keep you happy.

3. Stay connected with friends and family members

Seniors often experience social isolation and it has a significant impact on their mental health. Make sure your loved one is getting that necessary social interaction with friends and family to avoid loneliness. Visit, communicate online and offer them to babysit as much as you can.

4. Keep busy

If you spend your days sitting alone on your couch, it gives you time to get in your head and feel bad about yourself. Taking your mind off the negative thoughts by keeping yourself busy can benefit your overall well-being. Your loved one can be productive by discovering new hobbies and having social interactions.

5. Get a pet

Getting a pet can be a way your loved one keeps busy and avoids social isolation. The companionship of a pet makes a senior feel loved as well as keeps them active. Senior pet owners are reported to have better mental health, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased motivation and happiness.

6. Start a creative project or hobby

If your loved one is in retirement and cooped up at home then it is the perfect time to start a new hobby and keep busy! Having a hobby has been proven to benefit mental health. It offers that sense of purpose and fulfillment by giving you something to look forward to every day. Some common hobbies amongst seniors include painting, knitting, scrapbooking, gardening, and making home repairs.

7. Keep an active mind

Not only should you exercise your body to maintain your mental health, but you should also exercise your mind! Staying intellectually sharp gives you the confidence and motivation to be happy. Your loved one can keep their brain active through learning new skills, reading, or doing some fun puzzles.

8. Get enough sleep and eat well

Healthy habits benefit an older adult’s overall well-being. Seniors have a higher risk of sickness, so not getting enough sleep or eating healthy can cause serious physical and mental issues. Eating balanced meals and getting 7-9 hours of sleep will give your loved one the energy boost they need to stay happy and healthy.

If you notice mental changes in your loved one, you can help them by making sure they’re taking care of themselves and have the support system they need. You can read more about seniors and depression.

1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.

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