How Seniors Can Improve Their Mental And Physical Health

Your senior years should be a time of peace and relaxation. You’ve worked hard all your life. Now it’s time to retire and take it easy, right?

As long as you don’t take it too easy. If you don’t take care of your body and mind, your seniors years can be a time of pain and frustration. You can lose strength, flexibility, memory, and happiness if you aren’t careful. After all, you’re not getting any younger.

That’s why you need to work on both your mental and physical health. The two are linked together, but they require different activities and have different needs.
How Your Mind And Body Are Changing
You’re older. There’s no getting around that. Now that you’re in your senior years, your mind and body are starting to change — and not always for the better. Here are some of the effects of growing older.

 
● Your bones begin to get weaker due to osteoporosis, especially in women.
● Your digestive system gets rigid, leading to nausea and constipation.
● Your senses are duller than they used to be.
● Your reaction time begins to get slower.
● Your sex life can become more problematic.

Although some of these changes are inevitable as you grow older, you can control how much they affect you. You can do that through exercising your body and mind.

Making Health A Habit
Don’t look at improving your mental and physical health as something you just do for a while and then stop. You absolutely need to make both a part of your life. In other words, you need to develop healthy habits you can do throughout the year.

 

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For example, you need regular visits to the doctor and dentist. Many clinics offer free physicals for seniors, and early detection is the key to staying healthy. Along the same lines, keep your mind active. Do puzzles, play games, or pick up a hobby or art. The more you keep your mind engaged and working hard, the more your mind will stay sharp and focused.

But probably the best habit you can pick up is exercising. Studies have repeatedly shown that, when seniors get regular exercise, their bodies can better withstand the changes that accompany growing older. Staying inactive can make small illnesses or conditions much worse. But you don’t have to go crazy. Even a little extra exercise — walking at the mall, doing yoga, or taking a water aerobics class — can give you a healthy habit that keeps your body in order.

Coping With Stress And Change
As you transition into the senior lifestyle, you will face many changes, which can hurt your mental health and even cause depression. You can move out of your old home, lose touch with friends and family, or just wonder what to do with your time in retirement. Here are some tips for coping with the stress of getting older.
● Take time each day to be thankful for something. Even if it’s a small thing, you train your brain to be happier this way.
● Find the good side of situations. Rarely are things completely negative, so talk about the upside to changes.
● Accept that you are getting older, and that means you won’t be able to do the same things anymore.
● Talk to others about what you’re going through. Sometimes, it can really help your mood and stress levels if you acknowledge and share what you’re thinking.

Your Mind And Body Need You
All of this is within your grasp. These are things you can do. It might be difficult to get started, but start by being aware of the changes you’ll be going through. Stay active and make your health a habit. Accept what you’re going through. By doing all this, you can help stay healthy for years to come.

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