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Five Steps to Owning Your Health as a Senior
At any age, you should feel that you are thriving. However, maintaining your overall health and well-being often requires different things as the years roll on. Here are some ways that you can take control of your health and feel better than ever.
Starting a New Business is Satisfying
All around the world seniors are finding themselves depressed after retirement. Staying idle for long periods of time just isn’t a fulfilling thing to do. In fact, depression rates in seniors nearly double after retirement, which says a lot about how healthy it is.
That’s why starting a business is a great way to stay active and entertained. It’s especially important to make sure that your new business involves doing something you enjoy and is as low-stress as possible. Making sure your new career involves your hobbies or pastimes is a good way to accomplish this.
After coming up with your business plan, you’ll need to formally establish your business; LLCs are a popular option, though you’ll need to learn how these work in your state. Once that’s done, you can proceed with getting things off the ground and finally actualizing your dream job!
Keep Stress Low
You already know that excessive stress isn’t good for your overall health. It raises blood pressure, interrupts sleep, causes weight gain and leads to depression. When stress continues for months or years, health can begin to fade. That’s why you need healthy coping techniques to keep your levels down. Therapy is an excellent solution, but at an average cost of $200 per hour, it isn’t always sustainable in the long-term. Or, if you do find a therapist through your insurance, you may need to supplement your treatment. Thankfully, there are different methods to lower your stress from the comfort of home. For instance, practice deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help release tension and keep your mind focused on positivity. If that doesn’t help, do something to redirect your thoughts, such as your favorite pastime.
Self-care is more than just the latest trend for 20-somethings. It’s the act of intentionally caring for your whole body and soul. While that means something different for everyone, there are some basics you need to follow, including hygiene, mental health, and physical wellness. You need to take good care of yourself, and that means doing what you love. If you’re struggling to have fun, try a new hobby. It could be cooking, art, volunteering, or anything you have always wanted to try. What’s important is making the effort to do something uplifting.
Stay Physically Active
Nothing is better for your health than staying active. Many aspects of the aging process are manageable with exercise. Heart disease, osteoporosis, and even pain can be controlled with adequate fitness. However, gym memberships can quickly escalate in price. On average, Americans pay over $50 a month on membership, not including additional costs for classes. That equals more than $600 a year, yet for a fraction of the price, you could create your own gym. You need a few basic pieces of equipment, such as weights, mat, or exercise ball. Just be sure you have the space to work out safely. If you have a spare room, take out furniture and knick-knacks to give yourself proper space to exercise. The best part about having your gym at home means no more traveling in bad weather, and the ability to exercise whenever you want.
Those of you who have cluttered homes may realize that disorganized and messy spaces can negatively affect your mental and physical health. When you have a cluttered home, you’re more likely to eat unhealthy foods, suffer from depression, and have difficulty thinking clearly. When working on your home gym, consider organizing the whole house as well. If you don’t know how to make room for your gym, look into local storage units. Look online to compare prices, as having a storage facility can help create a healthy environment in your home.
Different Diet Types
There are various diets for different outcomes. Some are designed to help you lose weight, regain bone density, improve energy levels, or reduce inflammation. Talk to your doctor about what might be the best one for your current condition. If you’re unable to shop for fresh, healthy foods, there are options available. You can try an online delivery service for as little as $3. With complete freedom to pick what you want, you can plan meals and even get same-day delivery.
It doesn’t take too many changes to care for yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Keep your home clear, lower your stress, and ensure your body stays in good shape. With only a few tweaks to your overall lifestyle, you may find yourself feeling better than ever.
Stop waiting to take control of your life. You have the power, all you have to do is change your habits.
At Vancouver Home Health Care Agency, Caring and Compassion is our business.