Older adults face many health and situational changes that can affect both their physical and mental health. Throughout your loved one’s life, they may have not been used to the idea of prioritizing themself and Maintaining Wellness. However, as you get older it is crucial to take care of both your body and mind to maintain and uplift your quality of life.
The way you wake up and start your morning has a big effect on your mood and energy for the rest of the day. Beginning your day with stretches, yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It also has many beneficial health effects such as improving cognitive abilities in older adults. You also should start your day by eating breakfast. Eating something in the morning can also give you the energy you need for the rest of the day.
Exercise not only benefits you physically but mentally as well. Older adults 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. Make sure to consult a physician before starting any physical activity or fitness program.
According to Forbes, socially isolated seniors have a 59% higher risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation. It can be difficult for older adults to escape social isolation if they face mobility issues or are unable to drive. Make sure to accommodate your loved one, whether it’s through transportation assistance or connection via technology, so they can have necessary social interaction with friends and family to avoid loneliness. If older adults don’t find a way to combat social isolation, their health can deteriorate. AARP states the health effects of loneliness for seniors equals smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Creativity is medicine for the brain. Now is the time to devote your energy to projects you always wanted to do but never could do before. You’re stimulating your brain and benefitting your cognitive functions by setting time in your day for a favorite hobby or learning a new skill. Seniors also feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment by having an activity to look forward to every day. Your loved one may enjoy taking up reading, learning a new language, gardening, or playing word games.
You can’t enjoy life if you don’t prioritize and take care of yourself. Maintaining healthy habits and staying on top of your health will benefit your loved one’s overall well-being, especially as their mind and body change. Doing activities you enjoy, taking care of your body, and getting enough sleep are ways they can prioritize their mental health. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep will give your loved one the energy boost they need to feel good during the day.
Your loved one’s golden years are the perfect time for them to prioritize themselves and enjoy life. You can read more 1+1 Cares mental health tips here.
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