Cognitive decline and memory problems can affect your mental health. Common symptoms include anxiety and (bipolar) depression. These issues, particularly mood disorders, can have an adverse effect on your mental, physical, and social functioning, leading to complications in the treatment of chronic disorders. Such issues are often overlooked, as these symptoms appear to stem from a different disease.
Fortunately, mental health in seniors is treatable through the usage of therapy or prescriptions. In addition, you can engage in activities to boost your mental health. Retirement communities have conducive environments and exciting programs for you to engage in fun activities with other residents. With that being said, here are six routines for you to maintain your mental health.
Activities which Stimulate the Brain
It is imperative for the brain to be stimulated to stay sharp and prevent cognitive decline. Brain games can sharpen the mind in terms of decision making, processing speed, planning skills, and reaction time, including boosting memory. For instance, reading and writing boost memory function, diminish stress levels and reduce insomnia. Puzzles such as Sudoku and Bingo require intellectual thought which keeps the brain ticking.
Walking, jogging, and yoga activities for 20 to 30 minutes a day are some examples of physical exercises that can be done to keep your mind active, reducing stress and anxiety levels. The endorphins released stimulate adrenaline and improve mood.
Staying Connected with Friends and Family
Feelings of loneliness and isolation can have a negative impact on your mental health. Keeping in touch with your loved ones and friends through technology or social media is important. In retirement communities, your grandkids can visit you often and spend quality time with you. You can also engage in fun activities with other residents and form new friendships.
Tick off your bucket list by pursuing goals such as cooking, gardening, knitting, etc. You will feel a sense of comfort and belonging, thereby improving your mental health.
You can find a sense of purpose and fulfillment when volunteering for a good cause. This makes you feel valued while contributing to the community and toward the less fortunate. Be it sharing your experiences with young children, volunteering in a hospital, or cooking, volunteering keeps you socially engaged and active.
Caring for a Pet
Animals offer companionship and unyielding love. The bond between humans and pets induces happiness and alleviates stress levels. You will feel less lonely, with more opportunities for socialization in parks for instance. You feel less depressed, more socially engaged, and less agitated. Alternatively, you can volunteer at an animal shelter to connect with animals and take care of them.
Take a Leap of Faith
Join us at Aston Gardens At Sun City Center where such routines are a staple of our community. You will be able to try a plethora of new hobbies and activities, such as arts and crafts lessons, card and game clubs, work out at a fitness center, forge new friendships with other residents, and celebrate the festive seasons. All these will go a long way in boosting your mental wellness.