Self-care has become a popular buzzword these days with the trend often being targeted toward young to middle-aged individuals with a high disposable income. While this demographic may seem like the most relevant in the self-care discussion, the truth is that seniors need to take care of themselves just as much, if not more, than everyone else. As you age, proper, peaceful sleep is one of the first steps to prioritizing your health and ensuring you maintain your vibrancy for many years to come. But sleep is just the start. Here are three additional and sustainable ways you can keep yourself happy and healthy for the long-term.
1. Keep in touch
Many individuals find themselves feeling disconnected from loved ones and friends as they age. Scheduling regular lunches and calendaring special events will help you maintain a positive state of mental health, despite the distance that may exist due to your living situation. Although each individual’s desired amount of social interaction will vary, remembering to honor your personal needs will help you recharge and stay connected to those who matter most.
2. Stay active
You may have heard the phrase, “move it or lose it.” When it comes to physical strength, stability, and endurance, this old adage still rings true. According to the CDC, older adults can substantially benefit from moderate to vigorous activity, depending on their current state of health. This recommendation is echoed by House Method, which advises going on a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood, taking gentle yoga classes, or swimming at your local community pool. Even doing chores around the house can get your heart rate up and keep you active. Just be sure to monitor your energy and know when it’s time to take a break.
3. Eat well
Although proper nutrition is essential at any stage of life, it’s especially important as you age. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet will support you in keeping chronic health conditions, weak muscles, and fragile bones at bay. Wholesome food will also help maintain your weight and energize you from the inside out. Your food habits can change in many ways, so it’s important to notice how a shifting appetite, new medical conditions, prescription medication, and more could be impacting your diet.
Fruits and vegetables are always beneficial, as are beans, nuts, whole grains, and lean protein. Of course, if you have questions about your current food choices, the best way to determine a diet that will work for you is to speak with your physician.
Self-care is a powerful and effective method for taking a stress-free approach to your health, as you age. That said, self-care is not a cure-all for mental illness and if you are taking care of yourself, but still feel that something is off, consider scheduling an appointment with your primary care doctor. Ultimately, you are the only one who can ensure long-lasting personal wellness for the years that are still to come. So, if these tips are new to you, consider implementing a few into your daily routine and allow the benefits to unfold.