4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health as You Age

By on September 24, 2019
Mental health

As we all know, awareness of mental health has really come into its own over recent years. Several years ago, this was almost a taboo topic. Now, it’s much more understood.

However, regardless of the levels of understanding, one fact about the topic is that mental health is more likely to suffer as we age. While some things will always be out of your control, there are some tips that you can implement to boost your health in this regard. Let’s look at four of the best ways in this article.

Make Sure Your Financial Plans Are in Order

Sure, your plans may have been perfect for most of your working life. However, as soon as retirement comes, it would be fair to say that your situation changes over time. Your income drops (and is replaced by a pension) while there are all sorts of other expenses you need to account for, such as a funeral plan.

All these changes can cause anxiety amongst some. As such, as soon as you near the retirement age, it is important that you are making plans for how you are going to cope with your new financial situation going forward.

Make an Extra Social Effort

During our youth, our friends are a big part of our life. Then, as we start to get older and commitments get in the way, this isn’t necessarily the case.

However, friends can be the glue for your mental health. They can help prevent loneliness, isolation and just provide your mind with extra stimulation. Make sure your social circle is always a big part of your life and, if you are struggling, there are organizations such as AgeUK that can help you out.

Your Physical Health Matters Too

So far, the bulk of today’s article has only focussed on mental health. Something that goes hand-in-hand with this is your physical health, though. In other words, if you can stay on top of this area of your life, it can impact the “other side” of your health.

Various studies have confirmed this so whether it is going for a short walk every day, joining a fitness class or anything else involving moderate exercise, it can all benefit your mental health.

The Power of a Routine

It’s at this point that some of you might be suggesting that you have been following a work routine for decades, so isn’t now the time for something of a break?

Well, in a bid to stay on top of your mental health in your advancing years, a routine should remain a key part of your life. As soon as you lose your routine, you risk dropping other parts from your life, just because there’s no schedule to keep you moving through life.

Sure, it doesn’t need to be as strict as the daily work alarm made it, but at least try and keep an informal routine to help you along your way.

 

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One Comment

  1. BioBalance

    October 5, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Nice article covering all the standard work required for longevity of the brain. Thanks for sharing!

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4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health as You Age