What is the state of your health? I can almost promise that I get asked this question on a regular basis these days. In general, I mention how I have a few aches and pains throughout my body, with the most of them being in my hip joints. Nobody, on the other hand, truly speaks about their mental health. It’s almost like it’s a forbidden issue until someone specifically inquires as to your mental well-being. I feel that taking efforts to address mental health concerns, including maybe seeking counseling in your 50s and 60s, is just as essential as taking good care of yourself physically in your later years.
Some will even say that there is no other age group that has the same combination of situations, difficulties, and risks as the elderly when it comes to their mental health and well-being.
Physical health issues, social isolation, a lack of access to treatment, shifting living circumstances, and financial stress are just a few of the mental health issues that older people are dealing with. Consider how dismal coming to grips with persistent physical problems, aches and pains, and changes in cognitive function may be. In many cases, your body is no longer capable of performing the functions it once did, and even the most modest actions might result in harm and physical suffering.
Occasionally, retirees have difficulty coming to grips with the fact that they are no longer engaged and productive in paid labor, which may lead to feelings of despondency and purposelessness. It’s tough to make the shift from working every day to being a retiree and starting to feel like you have no purpose in life. Even if you’ve had a satisfying profession, having infinite daylight hours to fill might be lonely and sad, especially if you’ve had a hectic life before.
Finding methods to keep physically active and socially involved as you get older is the most effective strategy to maintain your mental health as you grow older.
There are a variety of techniques to improve your mental health, including:
Take an active role in your community and make a significant contribution via volunteerism or part-time employment.
For example, you can volunteer a few hours per week as a foster parent or caregiver in animal shelters.
Spend time with friends and family, which is really important. Don’t just sit around and hope to get invited.
Take the initiative and plan coffee meet-ups, walks, lunches, or movie trips with your friends.
Find an exercise class that is appropriate for your age group and attend it a few times a week to keep your body in shape.
Yoga and Pilates sessions, I’ve discovered, are great for people my age since they are mild types of exercise that are not too stressful on my body.
Walking, swimming, and Aqua Aerobics are all excellent forms of exercise.
Even as we get older, lifting small weights at the gym is suggested for our health.
Learn to do something you’ll truly love and that will also allow you to meet new people in a relaxed environment.
Participate in local groups that meet to play card games, Mah Jongg, or Scrabble, attend quiz nights, or join a book club or discussion group to meet new people and make new friends. These exercises are helpful for keeping your mind alert in a busy environment.
Plan a trip and take use of the additional time to see new and interesting areas both in your own area and abroad.
If you or someone you love is suffering from depression, just being there for them and listening without passing judgment is sufficient. Knowing that someone is concerned about them is frequently quite reassuring and all that is required.
In the event that you feel you are not coping, consider counseling or therapy, since these services may be highly beneficial.
Mental illness may strike anybody at any moment, and many of us who seek therapy are able to successfully manage our recovery. A person with a mental health disease, like a physical sickness, will benefit from the proper therapy and support. It’s nothing to be embarrassed of, and it certainly doesn’t imply that you’ve «lost your marbles»!
Even after just a few sessions, counseling proved to be incredibly successful in many instances. It was as if the fog had cleared and people had a better understanding of why they were feeling the way they were. It was the most effective thing people could have done to assist themselves in their rehabilitation.
People are reporting excellent effects after using online counseling or therapy services, which is why I went to see one in person. The appeal of online counseling is that it makes it more accessible, economical, and convenient for people to get assistance. The best advise I can provide is to never dismiss depression or «feeling down» as a natural aspect of one’s existence. Deal with it and never be ashamed for asking for help or going to a counselor.