As we age, it becomes even more important to make time for self-care and mindfulness. Here are some actionable ways seniors can nurture themselves:
- Make movement a priority. Go for a daily walk, stretch, or do simple chair exercises. Any amount of movement can boost endorphins and circulation.
- Prioritize a healthy diet. Focus on eating whole foods, and limiting sugar and processed products. Staying well-nourished fuels your mind and body as you age.
- Connect socially. Stay in touch with family and friends through calls, letters, or visits. Seek out social groups in your community to feel less isolated.
- Pursue hobbies and interests. Pick up an old hobby you had to leave behind or try something new. Pursuing creative activities is good for mental stimulation and joy.
- Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night to give your body and brain time to recharge. Work to establish a regular bedtime routine.
- Cut yourself some slack. Accept that you can’t do everything or be everything to everyone. Be gentle with yourself through the ups and downs of ageing.
- Practice gratitude. Make a habit of appreciating the good things in your life, no matter how small. Focusing on what you’re grateful for lifts your mood.
Seek professional help if needed. Feelings of depression and anxiety are common with age. Don’t struggle in silence – there are many effective therapies and resources for seniors.
For more information and resources, please visit: Your mind matters: Elderly mental health | Age UK