As we get older, we cannot afford to ignore our mental health.
Laugh. Manage stress. Daydream. Hike. Stay social. Practice mindfulness. Travel. Focus on positive emotional moments. Treat yourself. Exercise your brain. Learn something new. Stay active. Walk in the park. Escape from reality with a good book. Enjoy a hobby. Volunteer. Get a pet. Sleep. Eat well. Pray. Accept compliments. Make time for family and friends. Stop and smell the roses!
No matter how you spell it out, taking care of our mental health is as important as our physical health. We don’t hesitate to seek medical attention for a broken bone or illness but we often ignore the signs and symptoms that indicate our mental fitness needs attention – or even a little tune up.
Many people accept that life is not satisfying in some way. But when you take responsibility for your own happiness and fulfillment the world around you can change – for the better.
Mental Health and Balance
The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes mental health for all. They have what I think is a great definition of mental health.
“Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.”
As we get older, balance is certainly important. We have to stay physically active, socially active, eat properly, and plan for our futures to ensure we maintain our precious independence. You owe it to yourself to address feelings of anxiety or depression. If warning signs are ignored, our quality of life can be greatly reduced – in the same way as if we ignore signs of physical illness.
Healthy Active Seniors want to live life to the fullest, maintain a stimulating lifestyle and achieve long term independence.