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4 Ways to Preserve a Good Mental Health for Your Senior Years

Do you know that it is possible to maintain one's mental health the older one gets? As a matter of fact, studies have shown that staying in good mental health plays a vital role in one’s ability to live a happy and fulfilling life the older one gets.

The sad truth is that many seniors struggle to maintain their mental well-being as they get older. That is why they are solely dependent on their caregivers to live satisfactorily. We have found that the inability to stay mentally fit is often due to retirement, depression, loss of a sense of purpose, isolation, the loss of loved ones, stress, reduced mobility, or health problems.

We would love for you to stay as mentally fit as possible for as long as possible! That is why this blog post will discuss four ways that you can preserve your mental health as you enter your golden years!

Read on!

 

Exercise

Just so you know, there is a link between mental health and exercise. Beyond the physical benefits of exercising, you get some relief from mild depression and anxiety when you exercise or engage in some physical activity that gets your heart rate up. It doesn't matter if you are in a wheelchair; your caregiver can develop some mild exercises that become part of your daily regimen.

Did you know that accomplishing your set exercise tasks also boosts your mood and, ultimately, your mental health? Then there are the feel hormones and all that dopamine released once you make physical exercise a regular habit. Now you might feel a bit sore once you get started but trust us, after a while, you get used to all that, and your mind starts feeling brand new.

However, before engaging in any form of exercise, we recommend that you consult your doctor to know what works for you and what doesn’t. That said, here are some forms of exercise we think you should explore:

  • Walking 
  • Gardening
  • Swimming
  • Bodyweight strength and balance exercises (for seniors) 
  • Yoga
  • Stationary biking
  • Water aerobics

 

Stay Social

Depression is one of the biggest issues that seniors have to battle with. But guess what? Staying social has a way of saving it off.

We suggest that you find ways to get out there and mix with other seniors like you. You might also call or even visit close friends and families. There is also the option of attending certain events, hanging out with friends and loved ones (within the limits of your strength, of course), joining book clubs, and finding ways to engage with the world outside the confines of your mind and room.

The idea is to avoid isolation at all costs. You see, when you are isolated, your mind wanders to unpleasantness, and after a while, your mood dampens, and it becomes so easy for depression to set in. Continue along that path for a while, and your mental health starts to suffer. But, of course, you wouldn't want that, would you?

Find ways to get involved in activities that require participation from others: seniors or not. If you are not internet savvy, maybe now is the time to learn. That way, you can use email and other social media platforms to stay connected with others. Now that shouldn't stop you from going out, though!

 

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Engage Your Mind

Physical exercise improves your body, your mood, and lots more. Socializing provides that communal feeling that is so important to you in your golden days. While these options are great and all, engaging your mind in mentally stimulating activities.
We believe that engaging your mind regularly is one of the most effective ways of staying mentally fit. In a sense, you are also exercising your mind and putting it to task when you engage in activities that cause you to think. So, play as many mentally stimulating games as you can.

Such games task your mind and like with all muscles; it grows over time. Some of the games that are good for your mind include :

  • Math and word games
  • Categories
  • Puzzles
  • Chess
  • Solitaire
  • Gin rummy
  • Checkers

Another way to engage your mind includes reading. Get as many resources as you can about things that interest you. You can even learn new things by reading extensively. Fact is, your mind expands and gets healthier each time you learn something new.

Meditation is yet another means of developing your mind because it is a more advanced mental exercise that improves mental health over time. 

 

Talk To Your Doctor

Like all other health issues, you'd notice some signs that things are not quite right with you mentally. For example, you might notice anxiety, excessive bouts of depression, insomnia, and some other issues as you get older.

Now, these are not surefire symptoms of mental issues. Not at all. But you see, when you start seeing these signs, then you might need to talk to your doctor ASAP once you recognize these signs. Mental health issues are treatable. They are even easier to handle when they are discovered early.

Talking to your doctor will put you several steps ahead of a possible mental breakdown that could threaten your well-being. Talk to your doctor about any symptom that bothers you. Don’t forget to let your doctor know about your feelings so they can diagnose the problem and help you get treatment as soon as possible before the situation deteriorates. You might need talk therapy or medication therapy to handle the situation in some cases.

Then again, your doctor is the best person to help you work out an exercise regimen that works for you.

Conclusion

One’s golden years should always be full of happiness and joy. To ensure that you live with such positive emotions, you must engage in activities designed to improve your mental health. This blog post described four ways for you to keep your mental health in good shape. Regardless of the circumstances, you must keep your mental state positive.

Hopefully, you now have enough knowledge to keep you in a good mental state.