Emotional And Mental Wellness
Emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical well-being. As we start to age, we tend to neglect our mental health in favor of our physical health. Cognitive decline, weakening memory, and isolation put senior citizens at even greater risk for declining emotional wellbeing. Depression and anxiety - commonly seen in seniors with declining emotional health can also negatively impact their physiological wellbeing. In addition to this, emotional and mental unwellness can aso lead to increased healthcare utilization, decreased social functioning, and a decreased ability to cope with life stressors. Research has shown that the secret to improving physiological health and overall quality of life as we age is in protecting and enhancing our emotional health, happiness, and contentment.
Here are some ways to boost your emotional and mental wellness:
Whether it is a daily morning walk, or just some gentle stretches, ensuring your body gets some movement every day will boost endorphins and keep you smiling!
A cup of tea with a friend, a phone call with your sibling, or a chat with a neighbour can help reduce feelings of isolation and help you strengthen bonds with loved ones.
3. Cognitive Stimulation
A daily Crosword Puzzle, game of Sudoku, or reading an exciting book can help get your brain turning, keeping memory disorders at bay! Check out the ElderAid Wellness app for daily puzzles, games, and articles! Download now on Play Store (Android) or App Store (Apple)
4. Sense of Fulfilment
Do something that makes you feel good. Whether it is arts and crafts, or volunteering as a mentor at your local Government school, find a task that brings you joy and fulfils you emotionally and mentally.
5. Discover A New Hobby
It's never too late to try something new! Try your hand at baking, wood carving, or poetry writing. It may not be perfect at first, but with practice, you'll find that you have not only mastered a new skill, but are also happier than before!
Mental and emotional wellbeing is a crucial aspect of overall health and happiness, encompassing factors such as psychological resilience, self-esteem, stress management, and the ability to cope with life's challenges. In today's fast-paced and demanding world, taking care of our mental and emotional wellbeing has become increasingly important. Maintaining good mental and emotional wellbeing involves dedication, some effort, and a prioritization of your own holistic health.
Mental health professionals such as therapists or counselors can provide valuable support through therapy sessions or counseling interventions tailored to individual needs, so please reach out to one should you feel the need!.
By prioritizing our mental and emotional well-being daily, we can enhance our ability to navigate life's ups and downs with resilience. Taking proactive steps towards self-care not only improves our quality of life but also enables us to better support those around us in their journeys towards optimal mental health.
Co-written by Krishnaa Nair (ElderAid Chief of Staff) and Ananya Kumar (Summer Intern, 2023)