The Best Ways to Achieve Wellness as a Senior
Do you know how to achieve ‘wellness’? Wellness is a state of being in good health. As we grow older, it may become harder to continue staying healthy. But it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. No matter what age you are, you can start to make choices that are best for you and your health. Let’s look into the best ways to achieve wellness as a senior physically, emotionally and mentally.
Getting Fit and Eating Right – Physical Health
You may have heard it a dozen times from doctors, friends and family members, but eating right and exercising on a consistent basis works wonders for people at any age. If you’re in a senior living community, try that weekly chair yoga or fitness class, whichever exercise you’ll think you’ll get the most out of and have some fun! And while you are dining, be mindful of what you choose, such as the leaner protein options like fish or chicken rather than steak (but don’t forget that you can ‘spoil’ yourself every once in a while. Take the ice cream and enjoy it!)
Here are some simple exercise examples you can choose from, whichever you feel you will enjoy the most.
- Brisk walks or jogs
- Long walks
Your body is your vessel. Eating healthy during a good portion of your meals and exercising a few times a week can go a long way. In fact, these two things can lower the possibility of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and types of cancers. It also can help with mental health, which is our next wellness factor that we will discuss.
It’s a State of Mind: Mental and Emotional Health
Sometimes our minds can be our worst enemy. If there’s something that’s bothering you, don’t compartmentalize and keep it to yourself. Think about your situation and acknowledge it. Speaking with a good friend or family member can help because you can verbalize the issues that are otherwise staying tucked away in the back of your mind.
It’s also a good idea to step back and look around your environment for a minute and just breathe. Remember to take one step at a time and that you are surrounded by people who can help you.
While in a senior living community, there are many opportunities to branch out and join groups, clubs or events. Think about your favorite hobbies and what’s going on in your community. Maybe the book club sounds intriguing, or the gardening group that meets every other week. At the end of the day, you have the freedom to do whatever sounds fulfilling and interesting to you!
Eventually, you’ll come to find that if you work a little at these ‘wellness’ factors, they come together and work in a symbiotic relationship. You may find a new friend during your yoga class, which will help you feel more connected and established in your senior living community, addressing your wellness factors.
Above all else, if you are in a senior living community, it’s important that they fulfill your physical, emotional and mental wellness wishes. With a caring nursing staff, a passionate team of associates and knowledgeable management, your path to wellness can be more seamless. That’s why senior living companies such as Sodalis put residents’ happiness and health first, as well as helping them continue to maintain their independence while enjoying a like-minded community.
If you are looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care for yourself or a loved one, contact Sodalis Senior Living. We will walk you through the process and how we take care of our wonderful residents. Schedule a tour with us or call us today at 830-624-1044.