Guest article submission by: Jason Lewis
For many seniors, staying on top of their physical and mental health is a priority, but they aren’t quite sure how to get started. For some, there’s an injury or illness at that prevents them from feeling good. Others have trouble figuring out how to focus on themselves. Creating a health and wellness routine later in life may prove challenging, but it’s something you can tackle.
You may not know how best to handle mental health issues such as depression or loneliness, or you may be unsure of how to get control of your diet and eat healthier. Improving your quality of life may be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. Take your lifestyle into account and think of the best ways to make changes that will boost your health.
Find Ways To Fit In Fitness
Fitness is not something sanctioned off for 20-somethings. No matter your age, you can find ways to keep your body moving. A group exercise class is an excellent way to introduce yourself to a new activity, while also enjoying the motivation that companionship and accountability bring. Forced intense exercise, such as boxing and martial arts, helps to release dopamine in the brain, which is the “feel good” vibe that increases energy levels. Always best to consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise regime. And on those days where you want to take things down a notch, you can always go walking or swimming with friends.
Learn About Technology
Technology can be a huge boon for seniors, especially when it comes to safety. Learning about the best apps and services for your needs can help you save money, stay healthy, and make safety a priority regardless of your current health status. Consider investing in a smartphone that you can download helpful apps onto, such as one that will help you remember to take your medication. Or, look for a medical alert system that will assist you in case of a fall if you have limited mobility.
Improve Your Diet
Improving your diet can come in many different forms. You might need to start focusing on lean meats and fish for protein, or on foods like berries and dark leafy greens, which are great for anti-inflammatory purposes. Talk to your doctor about the best foods to eat according to your health needs, and remember to incorporate water and veggies into your daily diet. You can also start cooking at home more often, which can save money while keeping you healthy.
Get Better Sleep
Good sleep is the cornerstone of good physical and mental health, so it’s important to make sure your rest habits are helping you rather than hurting you. If you suffer from chronic pain or have a health condition that makes sleep difficult, look for ways to make yourself more comfortable at night to promote better sleep. A new mattress or bedding will work wonders, but you can also make sure the room temperature is right, add room-darkening blinds or curtains, and practice a relaxing routine before bedtime to help your body and mind prepare for good rest.
Take Some “Me” Time
It’s always important to take some time for ourselves once in a while, so find an activity you enjoy doing and practice it often. Whether it’s gardening, reading, or spending time with friends over a card game, making time for your favorite hobbies and activities will reduce stress and will give you a mental health boost even when you’re feeling low.
Improving your quality of life can feel like a challenge at times, especially if you’re starting a new exercise routine. Look for ways you can stay motivated — such as working out with a friend or loved one instead of alone — and stay in control as much as possible. This will help to boost your self-confidence while you work on your body, mind, and soul.