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How To Take Control of Your Health, Happiness, and Quality of Life

As people continue to age, they may begin to experience stronger feelings of depression and/or anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Regardless of your age, you can improve your body, enhance your mind, and make the most of your life. If you are ready to take control of your life and happiness, then start with taking control of your mental and physical health with these core habits.

 

Make Exercise a Regular Habit

 

If you want to take control of your physical and mental health, there is no simpler way to do so than staying active. Regular exercise improves circulation, reduces disease, boosts energy, and even helps relieve stress and anxiety. Plus you don’t have to commit to any hard or strenuous exercises to get the benefits. A morning walk or some time in the gym can keep you in top physical shape as you age.

 

Commit to a Clean, Healthy Diet

 

Diet is another simple method for preserving your physical and mental strength. Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of some of the deadliest diseases, including heart disease and stroke. Balance your diet by filling your plate with healthy, whole foods and making vegetables the center of your meals. You should also be sure to include some wholesome carbohydrates for energy, protein for lean muscle and fats to preserve your health. In fact, good fats boost memory retention, so keep some avocados or healthy oils in your diet.

 

Take Care of Mental Health Issues

 

Anxiety and depression are commonly reported in older adults. If you want to live a healthier, happier life, you have to commit to addressing any mental health issues that may be impacting you. Do not be afraid to reach out to a mental health professional to get the help you need. Talking to a therapist is a good way to sort out any mental health problems and find solutions to help you manage your emotions. If you rely on Medicare, certain outpatient services may even be covered. If not, look into supplemental insurance, and learn how to enroll (usually it’s done over the phone or online) to make sure any mental health issues are properly addressed before they become serious issues.

 

Find Healthy Practices to Relieve Stress

 

Stress is another factor that can negatively affect someone’s life as they age. Stress can come from finances, family, or internal factors. If you are not careful, stress can even end up taking your life. Instead of coping with stress in a negative way, like with alcohol or prescription drugs, try finding more positive means to release tension. Hobbies are a wonderful way  to alleviate stress. Painting, playing music, and even coloring can reduce stress in your life.

 

Stay Connected to Other People

 

Having social connections greatly contribute to an individual’s health and happiness. A healthy connection to other people is essential for all human beings. As we get older, it becomes harder to make new connections. If you have friends or family nearby, make it a point to have regular meetups and gatherings together. When loved ones are far away, you can still create a social network to help you thrive. Volunteering and attending church are good ways to meet new people. There may even be services to help you setup your network. In Colorado, an organization called A Little Help connects seniors with neighbors and community members, to provide the social support they need to feel safe and well.

 

If you are anxious or stressed out about getting older, you really shouldn’t be. You can live your best life yet by taking steps to take control of your health and bring more happiness to your life. So take charge of your mental health, take care of your physical health, and spend your golden years making the most of your time. You deserve all the health and happiness!