Sometimes, we can easily forget to take care of ourselves; whether it is helping maintain our physical, mental or emotional health. Especially seniors and caregivers can forget to look after all aspects of their health. But how can they approach their health in a different way? Here are some tips!
For seniors, essential self-care can be a struggle due to physical limitations, such as pain in the joints, but also isolation and mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Self-care contains a wide range of healthy habits and activities that must be added to your life on a consistent basis. In order to adapt it in our day-to-day life it is important to first know the important pillars of self-care! The most important pillars of self-care are:
It is important to notice how your feeling, so you can adjust your daily needs to your mood. For example, if you feel depressed it could be good to go outside, instead of staying in. If you have anxiety you need to know what you can take to calm yourself down. Some things you can do to help gaining self-awareness are creating space for yourself, practice mindfulness and gaining different perspectives.
Taking part in activities is a big part of taking care of yourself. Doing fitness or walking with a friend can instantly make you feel more healthy and happy. If you have anxiety or walking long distances is too difficult, you could also organize something in your own home and invite neighbors, friends or family. it is very important to stay active and also stay social integrated in your environment.
Although it can be a challenge for some seniors to put a healthy meal on the table, especially for the ones that live alone, it is very important that they keep eating healthy. There are a lot of companies who make healthy food for seniors and bring it to their homes. However, it doesn’t have to be so difficult to eat healthy without actually having to make a big meal, as long as there is some fruit and vegetables in the house. Nowadays there are also a lot of recipes online and in different cook books that are easy and fast to make, so that can not be an excuse anymore.
Responsible use of medicines
As someone gets older, it is common that they are going to take more and more medicine; some they really need, and others that could be unnecessary. The most important thing while taking medicine, is to have knowledge, not only about the specific medicine, but also about the danger of combing multiple medications and treatments. Another thing that is very important is to check how to use the medicine, with every new medicine again. When on the recipe it says; “Do not take with milk, only with water.” do that. There is a reason why it is on the recipe.
There are a lot of things you can do to be healthy, but also to stay healthy. Nowadays there are a lot of tools that can help you to make the healthier choices. However, it will always be your own choice and decision.