People are always giving their advice. What to do, what not to do. Below are 5 simple decisions that I believe will help you start changing today.
Workout your brain
What an opportunity we have these days to keep our minds active. There are incredible hardcopy books, tablet games, crosswords and much more that are available. Or try joining a discussion group, new friend group or local university class to stimulate your brain. No matter if you are tech savvy or not, there is plenty available that can help keep your mind sharp.
Get enough sleep
While doing some research, this has been one of the most interesting pieces of information I’ve gained. Sleep is such a tricky subject, and while I personally do not sleep well and have done my best to create a routine, it is not always easy. Hear this, older adults need just as much sleep as young people. As well, avoiding daytime naps can help get and keep you asleep at nighttime.
In this day in age, people are more open to talk about anxiety and depression, and that can be a good thing. It is ok to not be ok, and to ask for help. One in five older adults suffer from depression or anxiety. If you have feelings of sadness, tiredness, or aren’t enjoying the things that used to bring you joy, talk to someone. No matter how little or big you think your situation is, worry and irritability are not healthy habits.
Physical activity can be safe and necessary for everyone, especially those over 50 years of age. As we’ve talked about before, conditions and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis can be combated with regular activity. Exercises such as walking, stretching and weight/body exercises are a great way to start!
Falls are the leading cause of injury and unfortunately death in older adults. One in three older adults fall every year. As mentioned above, staying active can be a huge contributor to preventing falls. Practicing your flexibility with yoga and balance with tai chi among other exercises can help you stay agile. Also, putting handles in your bathroom, or night lights in the halls and keeping things off the floor can help you stay on your feet.
It is time to start taking control of your own life. If 5 steps are too many all at once, start with one today and go from there. Thanks for sticking with me!
Until next time,
Keep living your best life,