People tend to fall into bad habits as life happens. We let good friends phase out of our lives, we become passive (both physically and mentally), and before you know it, life turns into a tedious drudgery. Physical exercise and socializing becomes something only young people do, but if we are to be perfectly honest with ourselves, it all comes down to the attitude. Regardless of your age, the good things and habits should be cultivated until the last breath and here are 5 ways seniors can improve their social life and mental well-being.
A time for yoga
This is not a big secret – physical activity is the key to a healthier and more enjoyable elder years. While you might not be in a condition to play football, you can definitely take up some beneficial disciplines that are known for their health-improving effects and modularity when it comes to types of exercises and their length. This is why yoga is so popular among the young and the old – its modularity and relaxing underlying effect. Every aspect of yoga exercises can be easily adjusted for your needs and capabilities and you will become a force of nature before you know it. It is also a good physical activity to enjoy among your friends.
There is a good reason why consistent hobbies were promoted by your parents from the very early age. Once you fall in love with a certain relaxing activity – be it playing cards, chess, knitting, painting or collecting stamps – you can continue that practice throughout your life, both while you work and well into retirement years. This consistency can really do wonders for your state of mind and cognitive abilities, especially if you enjoy brain-teasing activities that require quick thinking and eye-finger coordination.
Find a good environment
Of course, hardly any of these tips make sense if you are surrounded with a lot of negative energy. In fact, one of the most important ways to improve your retirement lifestyle is to find a healthy environment filled with vibrant people. Having an access to convenient facilities, amenities and dedicated professionals is a big plus, so you should definitely consider some beautiful aged care facilities, but this is not mandatory. As long as you have access to your good friends and necessary professionals in the field of medicine and care, you are golden.
Mental health comes first
Good environment (in terms of friends and services) is crucial for one simple reason – mental health always comes first when you reach retirement years. While physical activity is nearly just as important, mental health comes before everything else due to one fact – as soon as you fall into depression, your body begins to give up as well. Therefore, don’t be ashamed to demand the best out of your life and, of course, yourself. If you have been feeling blue for a while in spite of countless activities with gregarious friends, you should also not be ashamed to visit seasoned psychiatrists. When push comes to shove, they can make all the difference in the world.
Add puzzle solving to your list of hobbies
You might enjoy hobbies that require some cognitive activity but not necessarily an effort. If you like, as it has been mentioned before, hobbies such as knitting and stamp collecting, you should certainly introduce interesting puzzles to the list of things to do during a day. For example, solving a crossword puzzle in a daily paper can be a comfortable and stimulating habit. Still, this is a solitary activity, so you can mix things up by inviting your friends to play cards, Uno, Scrabble, or even Monopoly.
As life goes on, it becomes filled with truths that are a bitter pill to swallow. One of the worst truths of this kind is that, no matter what you do, no matter how positive you are, life is going to get you someday, and you will pass on into that good night. While adopting good habits does not guarantee a longer life, they can definitely, undeniably contribute to a higher quality of life while you are breathing, and this is the best one can hope to achieve.