One important aspect of retirement living that may be overlooked is senior mental health. Seniors may be more susceptible to mental health conditions if they do not implement healthy habits for their minds and bodies. As much as one may look forward to their retirement lifestyle, it is especially important to practice good self-care to maintain an overall sense of mental well-being. Without the routine and socialization one gets from their job, it is easier to become isolated and lonely.
Three key mental healthcare options for seniors are a healthy diet, regular exercise, and social connections. At Senior Living Redefined Northfield, we understand the importance of this trio for senior mental health, and we offer plenty of support for our residents to achieve optimal mental well-being. Learn more about how we provide our senior community with the fundamentals for good mental health by calling us at 844.334.1490.
A Healthy Diet Can Help You Manage Mental Health Conditions
Did you know that there is a strong connection between food and mood? Proper nutrition can go a long way toward supporting your mental health. Certain nutrients are known for maintaining a positive mood and alleviating the symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Some foods even have brain-supporting properties and can help with memory care, such as:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Dark chocolate
- Fatty fish
Following a healthy diet that includes the above foods can protect from mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Regular Physical Activity Can Help Support Mental Health
Exercising regularly, especially outside in fresh air, is an important part of a good mental health regimen. The combination of physical activity and sunshine can help to elevate your mood. Many Americans are deficient in vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin, so it is important to spend a little time out in the sun whenever possible to lift your spirits.
When the weather is cooperative, you can boost your mental health by:
- Going outside for a walk
- Getting some neighbors together for an outdoor game like bocce or horseshoes
- Going for a hike or bike ride
Even if the weather outside is extreme, you can still enjoy the mental health benefits of exercise by:
- Doing some strength training with hand weights or resistance bands
- Practicing yoga or Tai Chi
- Doing some gentle stretching
- Putting on your favorite tunes and dancing
Social Connections Can Help Boost Your Longevity
Community and connection are crucial for good mental health. It is important to have other people to turn to when you are feeling stressed or down. Feeling connected to others can help alleviate feelings of loneliness or social isolation that can impact senior mental health. Seniors who experience social connectedness tend to be happier and healthier overall.
Staying connected to others can benefit your cognitive function as well as your heart and immune health. Seniors who feel supported by others are less likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Find ways to maintain a social network throughout your life by:
- Engaging in physical activity with others
- Taking up some new group hobbies
- Volunteering to help others
- Taking part in individual or group therapy if needed
Northfield Values Senior Mental Health
As a senior, making the most of your mental healthcare options can help you feel your best as you enjoy your well-deserved retirement. To maintain optimal health as you age, be sure to stay active, eat well, and nurture connections with others.
At Northfield, we realize the importance of senior mental health. We provide ample opportunities for our residents to connect, eat nutritious meals, and partake in regular physical activity. To learn more about how we promote a sense of community and togetherness among our residents, call us today at 844.334.1490.