As we age, we more or less expect the decline of our physical health as our bodies grow weary through age. However, just like we can take steps to maintain good physical health through nutrition and exercise, it is also important that we address our mental health and ways in which we can stay alert, and stay mentally healthy well into old age.
Mental health is important at every age, and being mentally health just means that we maintain an overall sense of emotional wellbeing. Maintaining our mental health can help us forestall alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and help us deal with day-to-day challenges with a positive outlook.
Here are some ways that can help you do just that:
1.Keep an open mind
Oftentimes after retirement we find ourselves with the challenge of not knowing what to do that doesn’t involve going to work.Therefore it is essential that we keep an open mind to this change and rediscover the things that we always wanted to do. Retirement should be fulfilling, and you alone have the power to make it that.
2. Maintain Connections with those you Care about
We all feel lonely at one time or another, but loneliness shouldn’t be a characteristic of old age. Take this time to write down all the people which you have been meaning to contact and do it. Make family time a priority, and nurture friendships.
Reading magazine, books and newspapers is a great way to pass the time and stay connected with current affairs. If you love reading, joining a book club can be a great way to make connections and make new friends.
4. Take up a hobby
Think of what it is that’s always interested and intrigued you, but you’ve never had time to take it up, and do it. Whether it’s learning how to play an instrument, taking up painting, knitting, or working on cars, whatever you’ve always been curious about, now is the best time to set forth and learn.
5. Make a contribution to your community
Research a cause that’s important to you and find ways in which you can help. Whether you’re contributing your time to a charity, working on a community garden, or simply helping a friend – doing something nice for others is the joy that keeps on giving.
6. Maintain stress levels low
Learn what triggers stress, anxiety and depression and learn about healthy ways to deal with these episodes; whether it’s calling a friend or family member, going for a walk, or doing something to distract your mind. After all, good mental health is our overall goal.
7. Keep a regular routine that includes plenty of sleep
Maintaining a routine to your day is key to staving off feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Make sure you allot plenty of time for sleep to give your body the chance to refresh and renew itself. People who are sleep-deprived or exhausted tend to be less able to deal with life’s challenges, therefore getting a good night’s sleep should be a priority.
These are just some of the things that you can take up now to help you stay mentally healthy at any age. Just like our physical health, staying mentally alert and happy is key in maintaining a good quality of life and overall health.