Today, people are living longer, healthier lives, and are inundated with tips on how to remain physically fit. At Front Porch, we are very focused on whole person wellness. How we attend to our sense of wellbeing from a holistic point of view is key. Physical fitness is important, and it’s also important for people to maintain intellectual and spiritual wellbeing to remain sharp and to give them a sense of purpose. Here are 10 tips that apply to people of all ages to maintain good health in 2013 and beyond.
- Find your Passion – Heighten your sense of purpose by spending time enjoying a hobby, art form or support a cause that you love. It’s doing things you’re passionate about that make you feel most alive.
- Keep abreast of current affairs – You don’t have to keep up with the Kardashians, but keeping up with current affairs as a whole – locally, nationally and internationally – allows you to stay in-the-know about what’s happening in your community and the world.
- Break routine – Routine limits brain stimulation. It is best to be open to new ideas and not dismiss things that are unfamiliar to you. Be open to trying a new restaurant, TV show or a different Sunday afternoon activity. Also, be open to both sides of an argument. It’s easy to stick to your beliefs (be it political, sports related, etc.) but understanding another point of view could turn an argument into a fulfilling conversation.
- Be a writer – You’re more creative than you think. Consider writing a short story. Or better yet, think about your life experiences and create your own memoir. Chances are you’ve shared your past experiences with friends and colleagues. These stories are important and can be appreciated by more people if they are put in writing. Whether your stories are fact or fiction, capturing those memories can lead to a very spiritual journey.
- Be a reader, too – Read all kinds of publications or try a new genre or author. Reading a wider variety of publications on a daily basis can stimulate creativity simply by absorbing as much content as possible. Reading every day will also help your brain form new connections and spark new ideas and you may even gain a new perspective. So keep at it.
- Attend a Lecture – Attending a lecture, taking a class or learning something new in general can help stimulate the brain as well as initiate conversations with fellow attendees or the teacher. Learning something new keeps the mind fresh.
- Meet new people – Stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people of all ages avoids isolation and provides much needed stimulation that helps us thrive. Get to know your new friends, their hobbies and what they like to do. You may have more in common than you think.
- Dine with a friend – Always find an opportunity to dine with someone else. Dining with new friends and people you haven’t seen in a while can provide intellectual stimulation.
- Volunteer – Helping others can bring great joy to your life. Those in need can help you realize how important your time and talents are to others. Devoting free time to those in need can fill a great sense of purpose.
- Embrace your Spirituality– Whether it is through religious practices, yoga, or simply spending time outdoors communing with nature, exploring your spiritual side can lead to enhanced wellbeing that positively affects the mind, body and spirit.
Lauren is the Director of Ethics and Education at Front Porch. Her work includes service excellence through Front Porch University/ 5-STAR College and heading the Front Porch Ethics Board and Regional Committees. She has previously worked as activities director for the Front Porch community Villa Gardens.
Front Porch is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of retirement living communities in Southern California. Front Porch active adult and full-service retirement communities offer a full range of options from independent living to continuing care, along with specialized programs like memory support. With innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age, Front Porch communities represent a leading-edge approach to wellness in aging. Front Porch is comprised of 11 full-service retirement communities in California and two adult living communities: one in Louisiana and one in Florida. Of these, six are Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). Front Porch, based in Burbank, Calif. and founded in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its residents and the communities it serves..