10 Ways to Boost Your Mental Wellbeing
Studies have proven that a challenged brain is a happy brain. Many seniors feel the tug of depression and anxiety looming when their kids are grown and they’ve retired from their jobs, and it’s mostly due to the fact that most find it difficult to stay busy and engaged in life. Here are 10 ways to boost your mental wellbeing in order to stave off mental health problems.
- Keep Active
Exercise is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing, so why not stay active and social by joining a walking group or taking an exercise class? If you’re able, joining a dance class could be both mentally and physically challenging, but if you’ve got physical limitations, try chair exercises.
- Be Sociable
Even if you aren’t residing in an assisted living facility, there is nothing stopping you from visiting their senior centre. Most senior centres offer a variety of classes from hobbies to computer training which will help keep the mind active and interested.
- Stay In Touch with Family
If your family have moved away and you aren’t able to visit often, be sure to find a time which suits everyone to chat over Skype or telephone. If you are able to visit regularly, stay involved with your grandchildren’s lives by attending sporting events and other school activities.
- Get Gaming
Puzzles and games which challenge the mind are incredibly beneficial to seniors. Try crosswords, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, or pokies New Zealand to keep your mind stimulate the brain and pass the time.
- Connect with Friends
Social stimulation is incredibly important to keeping your mind happy and healthy. Go on day trips with friends, head to the mall or grocery store to do some shopping, take a walk together, or just chat over a cup of tea.
- Use Social Media
Social media is an excellent resource for staying in touch with friends and family, both near and far, and is also a great way to make new friends. Join groups which discuss things that interest you and watch your circle of friends grow.
- Keep Challenging Your Brain
Most community colleges offer short courses for free or a very low cost and challenging your brain by studying something new will greatly increase your mental health. Try a literature class, take up a new language, or try online classes if you’re not mobile.
- Get a Pet
Caring for a pet will give your life purpose and many seniors describe their pet as their closest companions. Animals tend to make seniors more engaged, less depressed and agitated, and can relieve feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Find a Deeper Spiritual Connection
Even if you’ve never been a particularly religious person, religion and the community which forms part of it can offer both meaningful activities and support in times of struggle. Many religious centres also offer activities and day trips for their senior members.
- Make a Difference in Your Community
Volunteering at a local community centre, hospital, animal shelter, or outreach program will provide your life with meaning as giving back does wonders for the spirit. Get out there and get involved.