Tips on Self-Care for Seniors

Tips on Self-Care for Seniors

When you’re on an airplane, the flight attendant tells you that if the oxygen masks drop, you should put yours on before attempting to help others. They’re not telling you this because they want you to be selfish. They inform you of this because if you run out of oxygen, then you won’t be able to help anyone at all. It is human nature to want to help people, but you must care for yourself physically and mentally before attempting to care for others. Try these tips to help you ease into a self-care routine that will keep you going.

Try to eat healthier foods. Many foods these days are chalked full of preservatives and things you can’t even pronounce in the ingredients list. Make it a weekly task to go to your local market and get some natural fruits and vegetables for cooking healthy, hearty meals.

Be proactive about your physical and emotional health. There are other ways you can exercise if you’re not used to working out. A nice walk around your community can be enough to get that blood flowing, and the fresh air can do wonders for a troubled mind.

Meet up with friends regularly. Humans naturally crave human connection. Set a weekly lunch or coffee date with a close friend or a neighbour. Communicating and laughing with others is good for our souls.
Take a nap. If you’re tired, take a nap. Your body knows when you need to rest, and it is good to listen to it. As age catches up with us, we tend to get tired more often. Take that nap so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of your day.

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