7 Ways Seniors Can Improve Their Mental Health
When people reach a certain age, they start thinking about the quality of their life more than ever before. Being retired comes with its benefits, but there are also many downfalls that can be a challenge to overcome. For example, if you become lonely, isolated, or simply anxious, for one reason or another, your mental health could deteriorate, which could lead to other health issues as well. Luckily, there are ways in which seniors can improve their mental health, and here are some of them.
Write a diary
A good way for you to stay mentally active is to write a diary. It can help you remember all the fun and loving moments, and it can help you plan for the future as well. You can write about your thoughts, feelings, and wishes. Even if you choose not to share your diary with anybody, it would still help you express yourself.
There are many fun games that serve to improve one’s brainpower. For example, you can play cards, puzzles, crosswords, riddles, etc. If you live in a retirement center, you can organize a game night and play such games with your friends. It would also be a good idea for your family to get involved and play some mentally stimulating games with you. The amount of social interaction and fun is bound to benefit everybody.
Create a sense of purpose
Just like you need to feel needed, you also need to have a sense of purpose. Once you stop going to work every day, you might become overwhelmed by the sudden amount of free time you have. So, put that free time to good use and find a hobby or a part-time job. For example, if you have skills that you can teach, you can become a tutor. Or, if you have a green thumb, you can take care of your garden and perhaps start a landscaping business. There are always things you can do, you just need to think about your passions and abilities.
Stay physically active
Staying physically active can help you reduce the amount of stress and anxiety, improve your blood flow and heart function, sleep better, and relieve depression. Plus, walking through the park can be a very calming experience that can help you clear your mind, enjoy the moment and embrace some healthy habits, after all.
Get professional care
If you feel like your mental health is deteriorating beyond what you can control, there are still ways for you to maintain the quality of your life. For example, some senior care homes offer you a chance to continue living a fulfilling lifestyle beyond your medical diagnosis. You’d still be able to socialize and be an active member of the community – you’d simply have a few professionals who’d help you along the way as well.
Find a way to be useful
We all want to feel needed, and it’s not uncommon for people who reach the age of retirement to start thinking that they are a burden to their family. Even though that is rarely actually true, you can still find ways to be useful to your loved ones. You can take care of your grandchildren, do some simple chores around the home, go grocery shopping, etc. This way, you would still feel like you are an important part of your family.
Nurture your relationships
In this day and age, no matter how busy people might be, it’s not that hard to stay connected. Sure, you might need to learn how to use Skype, Facebook, and similar social networks, but it would definitely be worth it. You could chat with your friends and family members, share photos and videos, and organize family events much more easily. So, even when you can’t see each other in person, you wouldn’t feel lonely, and you’d still be able to share any important news and details with each other.
No matter how old you are, taking care of both your mental and physical health is extremely important. Therefore, consider some of the listed suggestions, and you will have a much easier time dealing with potential mental problems.
Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Besides all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.
- Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..
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