January is National Mental Wellness Month, and as they say, new year, new you! The importance of mental wellbeing is prevalent as we age. Leading a life with mental wellness in check is not only essential to your happiness, but organizations like the National Council on Aging, understand that mental wellness is also a crucial component to healthy living and aging.
The World Health Organization defines mental health and wellness as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” HarborChase Senior Living understands the importance of senior mental wellness, and we strive to take steps to improve our resident’s mental wellbeing each and every day.
Physical and Mental Wellbeing
According to Walden University, physical exercise can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress while also improving your confidence and boosting your brainpower. Furthermore, recent studies found that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain function.
One of the most essential parts of physical exercise is finding a routine that you enjoy. The effects of physical activity are there, but if you don’t enjoy your routine, it is unlikely you will stick with it. Take a brisk walk, jog, swim, dance, or whatever; find the physical activity that is right for you and stick with it!
HarborChase Senior Living communities offer unique classes, diverse clubs, and a wide range of physical exercises that allow residents and guests to maintain an active lifestyle.
Engaging in Hobbies & Fostering Sense of Purpose
Engaging in hobbies or interests can be another way to improve mental wellbeing. While some hobbies may be more engaging than others, a hobby can help stimulate your mind and increase your level of happiness.
The reality behind hobbies is that they help foster a sense of purpose and fulfillment. You’ve likely heard the old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, when it comes to humans, we should always strive to keep learning, according to recent studies, at least. Life-long learning is important for seniors in their retirement as it aids in keeping the mind sharp, providing socialization opportunities, and it can help seniors achieve a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.
If you have a passion, you should continue to fuel it and engage in the activity. If you have always wanted to try something, now is the time! Picking up new hobbies can be exciting and introduce you to new experiences and new friends - all while improving your mental wellbeing.
Senior Mental Wellness & Socialization
The importance of building relationships is crucial, and it plays a significant role in every stage of our life. The benefits of socialization and relationship building also impact your mental health and wellness. In addition, socialization has even been linked to increased longevity.
Keep in mind that it is the quality of relationships, not quantity that determines what benefits you will receive from socializing. Deeper, caring relationships provide health benefits, while shallower temporary ones can have adverse effects on our health. Joining a senior living community can help provide you with a sense of belonging while giving you opportunities to meet and connect with new people.
All of our HarborChase Senior Living communities know the role senior mental wellness plays in healthy aging. We have a dedication to creating the “Best Day”; through our attentive staff, delightful dining experiences, stimulating activities, and community celebrations, we aim to improve our resident’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
If you would like to learn more about HarborChase Senior Living, we invite you to find a community near you and schedule a visit!