Self-care is important, especially for your loved ones who are living alone. Taking good care of your physical and mental health is one of the most important things to do as you get older but it is so much more than that. It is about doing regular activities and social interaction that can benefit you in the long run. If your loved ones want to try practicing self-care, below are some of the ways that they can do to maintain their mental and physical well-being.
Top Five Activities That Your Loved Ones Can Do
There are some activities that your loved ones could do to practice self-care. These are easy and light activities and will not strain them too much.
- Socializing: By nature, humans are social creatures so it makes sense that interactions with friends and spending time with families will have a positive impact on our mental well-being. Skin contact such as a simple handshake or a high-five can release oxytocin from the brain, which is a feel-good hormone that reduces stress levels.
- Exercising: Exercising does not only boost our psychical health but also our mental health. Doing some aerobics exercise will cause our brain to release endorphins to our body. You do not have to do strenuous exercises too as just some light walking, yoga, or even gardening is enough. Making your body move will get your blood pumping and is a good way to boost your mood.
- Just go outside: Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders to our bodies. Not only do you absorb vitamin D from the sun, taking a deep breath of fresh air can reduce your blood pressure and stress levels. Just take a stroll in a garden or park and it will help your mental well-being.
- Hydrating: You may be confused by this but drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and keep your body and brain regulate. Lack of water in our system can cause headaches and head pains, which could impair our mood.
- Asking for help: The least likely age group that seeks treatment for mental health are adults aged 55 years and older. This is because of the shame and stigma when it comes to mental health topics. Asking for help regarding mental health is one of the ways that we can educate ourselves.
Consider Us at The Welstone At Mission Crossing for Your Loved One’s Golden Years
If you found that your loved ones are experiencing depression or anxiety, it might be that they are feeling alone. Talk to a health professional regarding this issue and they can provide relief and support. If you are looking at a senior living community that will take great care of your loved ones, why not take a look at The Welstone At Mission Crossing. We offer the freedom of independent senior living, state-of-the-art amenities, and a calendar full of activities so that your loved ones will enjoy their life here with us. Schedule a tour with us now to experience what it is like to stay with us.