Wellness tips for seniors

To lead a happy, fulfilling retirement lifestyle, it’s important to take a holistic approach to wellness. Emotional, physical and psychological health are all essential to overall well-being and quality of life.

Practicing strong wellness habits may seem overwhelming, but little changes to your daily routine may make a big difference.

Here are some wellness tips that seniors can start following today.

1. Proactively manage stress. 
Unfortunately, stress is an inevitable part of life. Hardships or difficulties will come up, but what is important is how you deal with them. One helpful metaphor to consider is the popular water glass example. Sure, a glass of water doesn’t weigh that much, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it gets – just like the stress that you carry around with you. Stress management techniques are essential to being able to put down that glass of water and continue enjoying your life.

When you realize that you’re feeling stressed, another suggestion is to practice relaxation techniques to cope. Try listening to music, taking a hot bath, or spending time outdoors. Other stress management techniques may include exercising, engaging in your favourite hobby or socializing with friends.

Maintaining an active lifestyle is important for overall health and wellness.

2. Do something active every day.
Regular activity is vital to overall health and wellness, helping support your mobility, maintaining a healthy weight, sleeping better, improving balance and even preventing or controling illnesses. There are so many different ways that you can be active, so no matter what your interests or activity level, find an exercise that works for you. Try going for a swim or a walk around the block, stretching, doing light yoga, gardening or joining a fitness class.

3. Pursue something meaningful.
Statistics show that one of the keys to living a healthy and happy life is maintaining a sense of purpose. Don’t let the days run by – take advantage of the opportunities you have and stay connected to the people and things that mean the most to you. Volunteering is also a rewarding endeavour, so consider ways you can give back to your community.

4. Keep a positive outlook. 
Did you know that seniors who tackle life with a positive attitude have a lower risk of developing health conditions associated with stress and inflammation? Research shows that attitude is everything, so make an effort to avoid negativity and self-blame. Seeing life and yourself more positively can make both a mental and physical difference.

5. Live life to the fullest. 
Life doesn’t stop with age, and neither should you stop pursuing that which makes you happy! Do something creative, plan a trip, learn something new, pursue a long-held dream and never stop chasing happiness!

Chartwell Retirement Residences believes active living is a critical component of seniors’ overall health and well-being, and they therefore make it easy for their residents to remain active and socially engaged in their communities so they can enjoy happier, healthier and more vibrant retirement lifestyles. Learn more about their active living and wellness programs on their website.