As we age, we become very aware of the condition of our bodies. They’re not moving as quickly or as easily as we’d like, so we exercise, take supplements recommended by our doctor and watch our diet. But our mental health is equally important—and sometimes, that, too may need a tweak or two.
According to the CDC, it’s estimated that about 20% of people aged 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern, including anxiety, depression or cognitive decline.
Take a walk.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to boost your mood and even your memory. One of the best things you can do is take a walk. Sounds simple? It is, but it can work miracles. Simply take a long walk and be sure to look around. Don’t look at the ground—look at the sky, the buildings at a distance, the flowers, the people near you, the tops of buildings. Walk until you feel better—and you will. Since it’s cold outside, you may want to visit an indoor mall. Walk around, look around until you feel more cheerful.
Another way to pick up your mood is to watch a good movie or two, or read a good book. Do something you enjoy doing. It’s also important to socialize—don’t just sit at home all day, alone. Summit Pointe offers plenty of opportunities to socialize, such as happy hour, wine club tastings, local plays and concerts and so much more.
Enjoy exercising? That will do wonders for both body and mind! Speaking of your body, good nutrition is key to a good mood. Stay away from foods that turn into sugar which can then make you crash and feeling depressed—including white bread, pasta, white potatoes, and cakes and cookies. Soft drinks are also a no-no, even if they have artificial sweetener in them. And be sure you’re taking your vitamins—you want to keep your energy up and constant.
Find a purpose.
Often, seniors will get depressed because they’ve lost their purpose in life. How often we see that when people retire. It’s important to get involved in something you enjoy on a regular basis. Volunteering, perhaps tutoring young kids in school, helping out at your church—anything that gives you a purpose.
As for your memory, it’s important to keep your mind active. That means challenging yourself with crossword puzzles or word games like Scrabble. Just as a good book will cheer you up, so will it boost your brain power. Even a good mystery on TV can keep you guessing while entertaining you. If you’re concerned about your cognitive abilities, be sure to speak with your doctor. Summit Pointe has Memory Care services you can also count on.
Getting older doesn’t mean you have to get sad or suffer from mental health issues. There are many ways you can help yourself—with Summit Pointe right behind you.