Self Care for Senior Citizens

It’s easy to get carried away with caring for others when you’re a loving parent or grandparent, and neglect your own needs. Here’s how to show yourself some love in your golden years by focusing on your physical and mental wellbeing.

Physical health

Maintain a level of fitness that’s appropriate for your age to improve your quality of life as you age. Here are some tips for taking care of your body:

  • Walk more! Walking is great exercise. Scheduling a walk with a child or grandchild is a great way to bond while moving your body. If the weather is too cold to walk outdoors, take advantage of a gym in your community or stroll around the local mall. 
  • Seek out physical therapy for aches and pains. Physical therapy is a great way to relieve pain naturally. Plus, the exercises your physical therapist assigns you will help you get into the habit of making fitness a part of your daily routine. Think of your physical therapist as a personal trainer who is prescribed to you.
  • Get into the water. Swimming and water aerobics are effective, low-impact, cardiovascular workouts. Take advantage of your community’s pool or find a gym with water aerobics classes or open lanes for swimming.

Mental health

Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to self care. Here are some tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing:

  • Connect with family and friends. Combat loneliness by spending time with loved ones and friends. Schedule time with family so that you have something to look forward to.
  • Learn a new skill. Exercise your brain by learning a new skill - like knitting, woodworking, or computer skills - and giving yourself a project to complete. Try something you’ve always wanted to learn, but didn’t have time to do while you were working or raising children.
  • Stay in touch with your spiritual side. If religion is an important part of your life, continue to prioritize your spirituality in your golden years. Attending services is a fantastic way to build and maintain a sense of community.

While your instinct may be to spend your prime putting family first, it’s important to refresh and refuel yourself so that you can be the supportive spouse, parent, grandparent, and friend you strive to be. You can’t pour from any empty cup!