Sometimes, aging can feel really complicated. Some of the things that seemed easy in youth are now challenging, and it can be a drain on your energy and self-confidence. However, there are simple ways to get back on top of your circumstances. Read on for suggestions that can help revitalize your outlook and put the spring back in your step.
Check on Basic Necessities
All too often, seniors do without when it comes to health care. Some statistics indicate that seniors are sometimes skipping basic wellness exams and prescriptions, so it’s important to evaluate whether you’re taking advantage of your insurance.
Just as important is meeting with your health care providers on a regular basis, especially if something feels “off.” For instance, if you’re feeling chronically stressed, your primary care physician may recommend you try CBD in oil, capsule, or gummy form . This compound is increasingly being used to help people of all ages with conditions like anxiety and chronic pain, thanks to its non-stimulant, non-hallucinogenic, and non-addictive properties, but if you’re really struggling, your doc may also talk to you about taking an antidepressant or speaking with a counselor on a regular basis.
Get Some Retail Therapy
You might be surprised to learn there are therapeutic benefits to shopping, but it’s true! According to studies cited by Psychology Today, the process of searching for and acquiring treasures for yourself can enhance your sense of control over your life, lower your anxiety levels, and boost your self-image. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly solution, think about hitting some flea markets or thrift stores. It’s like going on a treasure hunt, and you can gather a few friends and make a road trip out of it!
Outings with Friends
Consider road trips and flea market adventures an opportunity for multitasking, because both traveling and socializing offer terrific perks. Getting out and about can bolster self-confidence, lower stress levels, and reduce the risk of depression. Enhancing your social life is a big plus, potentially making your immune system stronger, lowering your risk for dementia, improving mental health, and maybe even lengthening your lifespan. If it’s hard to get out because you no longer drive, there are more options than ever for making it to your weekly book club. The Neptune Society suggests using public transportation or taxi services, or enlisting the assistance of a local volunteer group that drives seniors to and from appointments.
Watch Your Weight
One thing that can seem to spin out of control in our senior years is weight. Due to changes in our bodies and lifestyle, Everyday Health explains that it’s not unusual for seniors to struggle with weight management . Our metabolism ebbs as we grow older, and if we don’t adjust our eating habits, we tend to consume more calories than our bodies require. That equates to weight gain, especially if we aren’t as physically active as we used to be. One way to control our weight is to care for our gut health because it can have a major impact on metabolism. Foods like sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and yogurt can improve the health of our gut.
It’s important to eat a balanced diet of nutritionally dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein. Avoid salty and fatty foods — especially marbled meats— and drink ample water . Weight management is the key to avoiding many health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. You can use a BMI calculator to help determine if you are at a healthy weight.
Cook Up Some Fun
One way to improve your diet is by taking up cooking. There is a cornucopia of benefits to gain ,improving not only your mind and body, but also your wallet . On top of that, it’s also a great way to reduce stress, clear your mind, and help you feel more positive. Consider it a chance to be more socially active as well. Invite a friend over, or take a dish to someone who’s under the weather. You can explore healthful gourmet recipes and prepare make-ahead meals for busy days. You can even dabble in some ethnic cuisines to spice things up a bit.
If the complexities of life have taken the wind out of your sails, explore ways you can get back on track. There are surprising benefits to be had in some of the simplest activities. Connect with your friends, have some fun, and enjoy your life!
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Guest Author Bio
Marie Villeza hopes to fight ageism by connecting seniors with the resources they need to live happy, healthy lives. To aid her efforts, she developed ElderImpact.org, which offers senior citizens and their caregivers resources and other advice that will help them make the best decisions for their lives in an ever-changing world.