According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 20% of senior adults age 55+ are estimated to experience some type of mental health concern. From anxiety and mood disorders to depression, seniors face mental health issues that aren’t always discussed.
The good news is that there are ways for active seniors to manage their mental wellness and make it an important part of their everyday wellness routine. In addition to traditional clinical intervention, older adults can engage in a variety of activities and resources to help them gain and maintain good mental health habits.
5 Senior Mental Health Tips to Boost Well-Being
One of the best ways to start focusing on your mental health is to make it part of your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be hard. Just a few small changes can boost your well-being and make your mental health just as much a priority as your physical well-being.
1. Stay Active
Staying physically active has benefits that go beyond just your physical wellness. Exercise is essential for the mind and body. Try to add daily walks into your routine or join a senior exercise class. Getting exercise has been shown to reduce depression symptoms, build confidence and help maintain independence.
2. Join Social Organizations
Whether virtual or in person, socialization is a key component to positive mental health at any age. Especially for older adults, joining classes at your local senior center or community center is a great way to find an interesting hobby, make new friends and stay active.
3. Never Stop Learning
Challenge your brain by taking classes at a local community college, online, or at local community centers. Keeping your mind active and sharp is a smart way to combat negative mental health issues and a good way to find more purpose in each day.
4. Adopt a Pet
Loneliness plays a major factor in the mental wellness of seniors. If you live alone, adopting a pet is a great way to stay socially engaged, active and responsible. Pet therapy is proven to be effective in treating some mental health issues, such as depression, and is a wonderful option for independent seniors.
5. Go on a Spiritual Journey
Religion and the sense of community that comes along with it can provide a meaningful and supportive environment as you age. It can help you find a greater sense of purpose, as well as make it easier to meet like-minded individuals who share your interests and beliefs.
Enhancing your mental wellness as you age doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It’s about discovering things that give you joy and enhance your everyday life. By finding your purpose, even in retirement, you can wake up every morning excited about the day and the new adventures that await you.
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