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Ways to Boost Mental Health While Aging

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As we get older, it’s not only our bodies that need attention but our minds, too. Keeping your mental health in check is just as important for living a fulfilling and joyful life.

But let’s be real—growing older can throw a few curveballs our way, making it a bit tougher to keep our mental health on track. Things like shifts in our social circles, changes in mobility, and even illnesses can make it a tricky task.

A few ways you can boost your mental health as you age are by maintaining an active social life, making sure to exercise regularly, eating healthily, continuing to learn and set goals for yourself, and practicing relaxation.

At The Villages at the River Club, we believe in taking a personalized approach to caring for our residents, helping them maintain healthy and active lifestyles with a unique array of services and amenities.

Maintain an Active Social Life 

Getting older can bring about significant changes in our social lives. At times, loneliness may creep in, leading to feelings of sadness and anxiety. As we grow older, it’s crucial to maintain strong connections with our loved ones and remain active in social events.

Maintaining social connections is a must for us all, and it’s packed with health advantages, too! At The Villages at the River Club, we’ve got loads of social events lined up for you to discover new experiences, make new friends, and pick up some exciting hobbies.

From fun day trips and group activities to invigorating exercise classes and good conversations, there’s no shortage of ways to dive into the community around you.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is a critical component of good mental health, just as it is for physical health. Regular exercise helps to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and can boost self-esteem and cognitive function. Regular exercise can even help with getting better sleep, more energy, and a higher level of resilience

A good starting point is with low-impact workouts that will not strain your body, then you can gradually progress to more intense routines that challenge your muscles. 

If you’re seeking an effective exercise plan, it can be beneficial to incorporate a variety of different exercises. This may include cardio or aerobic training, strength training, and flexibility and balance exercises. Not only does this approach maximize health benefits, but it also keeps your workout routine diverse and engaging.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

What you eat can also impact your mental health. A diet full of whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats will not only help you to maintain a healthy weight, but it can also boost your brain function and help reduce the risk of depression and Alzheimer’s. 

Consider reducing your intake of processed foods, sugar, and caffeine, as they all have the potential to impact your mood and mental health negatively.

Set Goals & Keep Learning

Keeping your mind stimulated is essential for your mental health and well-being. Consider setting goals for mental self-care, like learning a new language or new skill or taking up a new hobby. 

These activities can challenge your brain and help keep your mind active. Additionally, continually aiming for new achievements can provide a sense of accomplishment and positive self-image—progress, even in small steps, can result in a strong sense of achievement.

Practice Relaxation

Stress can significantly impact your mental health. Learning relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga, can help reduce stress levels in the body, helping you to feel more relaxed and balanced. This can also promote better sleep and reduce the risk of anxiety and depression.

No matter how busy your day is, remember to take time to relax. Regularly practicing relaxation techniques can relieve muscle tension, help reduce anxiety, and improve your overall well-being.

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Keeping Your Mind Sharp as You Age

It’s essential to prioritize your mental health at any age, however, even more so as you reach your golden years. 

Stay active, maintain a healthy diet, maintain close social relationships, learn new things, and learn relaxation techniques. All of these practices can help you maintain strong mental health and overall well-being throughout your life. By investing in your mental health, you can continue to live an enriching and fulfilling life.

At The Villages at the River Club, we are passionate about supporting our residents’ mental and physical health with a variety of activities and programs. Visit us in person to see what our welcoming community has to offer!

Written by Lisa Klasen

“It gives me pleasure to help our residents live a life of independence, love, and joy here in our community.”

Lisa has lived in Clarksville for over 10 years and is originally from the Nashville area. She went to college at Central Michigan University, where she graduated with a liberal arts degree (psychology major).

Lisa has an eclectic work background and started her career in the human resources/training/development arena for several service-oriented companies such as Hyatt Hotels and The Forum Group (Senior Living Communities). Later in her career, she switched to real estate sales for local custom home builders for about 15 years in Indiana and Tennessee. Recently, Lisa has worked as a sales and marketing director for a local independent living community, a skilled nursing facility, and an assisted living/memory care facility.

She lives with her 4 “boys”: 2 dogs and 2 cats. She still holds her real estate license and also does professional photography during her time away from The Villages. She hopes to use her photography skills to market our beautiful building and wonderful family of residents and staff here. She looks forward to getting to know everyone!

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