As we get older, our body simply isn’t as much of an ally as it used to be in our youth. Not only does age bring with it a heightened need to sort out our physical issues - but it also means we need to keep on top of our mental faculties too. 1 in 3 people will experience a mental health malady at some point in time, and this only increases in chance as we get older and above the age of 40. Some early onset neurodegenerative diseases can also contribute in a harmful way to our overall life quality, and as such taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical ills.
You can have the healthiest body in the world, but if your mind isn’t functioning correctly, you’re going to have issues. Luckily, and for the most part, these two inform each other, and health in one environment usually contributes to health in the other. However, this is a disingenuous comparison. The body and mind are not separate environments and are so intimately connected that it’s hard to adequately describe.
Not just physical, but also mental activity is important to get right. You will notice that when you are active and engaged in an activity, your mind and body will be functioning how we are intended. Retired people often report feelings and symptoms of depression after retirement, and that’s because they have no real mental activity or task completion as a fundamental part of their day anymore. Many attend restaurants, go shopping and watch television and wonder why they don’t feel as spry as they used to, choosing to blame it on deteriorating health conditions. Luckily, getting active, both through exercise, getting out in nature and completing mental tasks are all beneficial to your overall health, and must be kept as a faithful ally during your free time.
Why not spend the mornings completing puzzles, or heading out for a walk in the local park environments? All of these considerations can work wonders for your mental health, and these habits will build and form your ability as you do grow. However, sometimes your mental health might be impeded by other means of difficulty. Issues such as a slipped spinal disc (common in the elderly) may mean that you need cervical disc replacement in order to stay as spry as you used to be. Keep a qualified health professional nearby who can advise you on your choices and methods of self-recuperation. Sometimes a preventative measure is much better than a solution.
Getting rid of your bad habits, such as completely eschewing smoking and drinking can have profound effects on your ability to stay as mentally proficient as you used to. Replace these with positive habits such as prayer, reading, eating right and socializing more. Many people after retirement simply neglect to make new friends, and that is a huge mistake. We are social creatures, and our positive energies feed off of pleasant social discourse. A tight family unit can help with this, but so can attending clubs, community events and many other social opportunities.
Keep on top of this, and you can be sure to have a happy later stage of life.