As we age the changes we face can be difficult, but with the right coping strategies these changes are very much surmountable. Finding meaning and joy in life again, staying connected socially, caring for your body and keeping your mind active are all essential tasks that help any senior cope with age-related changes. Keep reading below for tips on how to accomplish these tasks.
Finding Meaning & Joy in Life
As we age, it’s important to find new joys in life. Fortunately, there are so many activities to do that can reinvigorate your life that it’s virtually impossible not to find one you truly enjoy. Below are just a few ideas from three different categories of activities.
● Travel: There’s no way to change your perspective quite like traveling. Find a new place either far away or local that you just haven’t had the time to visit.
● Hobby: Did you participate in a hobby in you past that you have been meaning to pick up again? Or, have you just tried something new that you love? Get lost in a hobby and time will pass quickly.
● Education: Take a course at your local college or university. Meet people and learn something new and interesting at the same time.
Staying Connected Socially
Staying connected socially as a senior depends largely on your effort. It’s best to connect with friends and family, find support groups when needed, volunteer and work to make new friends. New friends are important as they help when others are no longer available. Make sure you strive to have a diverse group of friends in your life as well, as this gives you more people to help you through difficult times.
Caring For Your Body
When you care about your body, you look better, and when you look better you feel better. Eating right, exercising regularly and sleeping well can do a lot to turn back the affects of aging.
● Exercise: When it comes to exercise, simply find one activity that you can’t quit because you like it so much, then keep doing it. Starting slow with exercise allows you to see improvements and become more motivated to take on other physical challenges.
● Diet: Eating right doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, the more effort you put into your cooking, the more you will enjoy your food, even if you have found yourself not enjoying eating as much as in the past. Make sure you are well-hydrated at all times, as seniors are more prone to dehydration. Also, food is great for socialization.
● Sleep: Make sure you get enough sleep by adjusting your bedtime when needed. It can be hard to get to bed earlier when you have been used to a different routine, but you’ll feel better when you do. Listen to music or take a bath before bed and ensure your sleeping environment is cool, quiet and dark.
Keeping Your Brain Active
Above the brain was not mentioned, but it needs attention as well. The most important thing to remember when it comes to keeping your brain active: variation. Your brain, like a muscle, needs to be engaged in a variety of ways in order to remain strong. Try new variations of what you already love, do something different every day, or delve into a subject you never studied before. Keep your brain guessing and it will stay sharp.
If you are diligent you will find meaning and joy in life even when going through your biggest age-related challenges. You will be able to stay connected socially and keep your brain active, as well as care for your body as a whole. It all depends on the effort you are willing to put into your daily life and the coping mechanisms you use.