For a healthy and active mind, exercising the mind is as important as exercising the body. This is crucial at any age, especially during the senior years of your life. Below are a few key points to follow so you can maintain a healthy active mind and enjoy those years of retirement village living.
Keep in touch
It is important to continue to develop and rebuild relationships with those around you, whether with your daughter, granddaughter, and ex-friend or even with the postman. Your general interest needs to participate in regular meaningful activities. Most importantly, you need to engage in these activities with people you enjoy spending time with. If you love reading, why not join a reading group? Or why not organize a day each week for the family to come together for lunch? We all have strong social needs, and we greatly benefit from being surrounded by people at least some of the time. Now that you live in a retirement villages New Zealand, you have all the time to engage in activities you love, with people you love, so you should take advantage of henceforth.
Do some exercise?
People have convinced themselves that aging means they are no longer capable of doing any kind of physical activity. This is certainly not the case. Many cases of aging-related losses are simply a lack of use, rather than actual aging. Also, physical exercise has wonderful mental benefits. It can improve sleep patterns as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also has obvious benefits such as improving self-confidence and self-esteem. Most people feel comfortable starting regularly walking with a partner or friend, or even taking part in simple tasks such as gardening. It’s always good to try to challenge yourself later, and to take part in sports that you love swimming or tennis.
Living in retirement villages may be the perfect time to start the learning process or further your education in a particular area. It’s a great opportunity to challenge and improve your mind by learning a new skill or continuing to develop an existing skill. Whether you ever wanted to learn how to sew; or are you interested in films and would like to learn more about film history; or maybe you want to find out more about computers and go online? However, there are many courses and programs offered through universities, TAFE and community colleges that allow you to continue your education and are very flexible to your needs.
If there is one thing you should take away from this, it should be that while you are aging, you do not lose your mind at the same time. There are still many ways to maintain a healthy and active mindset during the senior years of your life. By taking the advice given above, you will soon discover that your years spent living in retirement villages maybe some of your best.