In the United States, roughly 28% of seniors live on their own. This equates to over 13.8 million people. And while many of them are close by to family and friends, others feel lonely and socially isolated from the outside world. As you reach your senior years, you must take great care of both your physical and emotional wellbeing. To keep your spirits up, here are some steps you can take.
We all must go through the aging process. And while some positives come with getting older, your mobility will decline along the way. If you’re cooped up indoors all day, every day, this will have a huge impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Getting outdoors and having some time in the fresh air can do wonders for your mind and body, giving you escapism from day-to-day life. Not only will you top your vitamin D levels up, but being outdoors can lessen anxiety, prevent depression, and improve your focus.
Assess Your Living Situation
If you’re a senior who lives alone, there may come a time where you want some company. For those who don’t live near to their family or friends, you may want to consider a residential complex that will give you the independence you crave, while allowing you to immerse yourself in a positive and fulfilling social environment. Socializing with other seniors can be a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem, as well as reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
No matter your age or agility, regular physical activity can benefit your health in more ways than one. Whether you enjoy walking, going for a swim, cycling, or yoga, finding an activity you enjoy can improve your mental health, prevent disease, reduce your risk of falls, and improve cognitive function. Before you embark on any physical activity, it’s advised to speak to your doctor first who will assess your mobility and recommend exercise options.
Take Up a Hobby
You are never too old to learn something new. Taking up a hobby can be a fantastic way to pass the time, keep your mental health in check, and give you something to look forward to. If there has been something you’ve always wanted to do but things have got in the way, like raising a family or work, now is the time to do it. If you’re fit and healthy, going traveling and exploring the world can change your perspective on life for the better. There are many hobbies you can do with others too, including volunteering, joining a book club, or baking.
Have a Good Support Network
Having a strong support network around you is critical in your senior years. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, you may not be able to see your loved ones in person. Thankfully, there are ways to connect with your family and friends virtually, such as by using tools like Skype and Zoom.
Your health and needs matter, regardless of how old you are. You should never feel like a burden to the ones you love, and if you’re struggling in your senior years, there are lots of effective changes you can make which will improve your quality of life and help boost your mental health.