Important Self-Care Tips For Introverted Seniors
Guest Article by: Melissa Howard
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In order to maintain good health, it is important for seniors to practice self-care every day. This can be in the form of getting a good night’s sleep, working out routinely, and paying attention to your mental health. If you’re an introvert who prefers to perform activities on your own, this does not mean there are no good self-care opportunities for you. On the contrary, there are plenty of activities you can participate in solo. These tips will help you reach your self-care goals in a comfortable setting.
Great At-Home Exercises
One of the easiest and most fun ways to incorporate more self-care routines into your day is by staying fit. This helps reduce the chances of falling as well as mental illnesses including depression. If you’d prefer to stay inside instead of heading to the gym, there are plenty of exercise options for you. If you have grandchildren who are no longer interested in using their old Wii, offer to take it from them and then do fun workouts with the Wii Fit. Use your smartphone or tablet to find some exercise videos like the Go4Life collection recommended by the National Institute on Aging. There are also many fitness apps you can download including Blogilates, Aaptiv, and SweatWorking. Find something that will help you get off the couch and get going.
Safety for Individual Fitness Routines
If you prefer to go solo when it comes to outdoor exercise like running, swimming, or cycling, it’s safe to keep a device on you to connect you with your caregiver or a family member. Smartwatches like those from the Apple Watch Series 4 will not only keep you connected via text and keep track of how far you run but can also keep track of your location if you happen to fall or get lost. There are plenty of fitness trackers and smartwatches to choose from for every need and every budget including the Huawei Band 3 Pro.
Good Nightly Habits for a Better Sleep
While it’s necessary to take care of yourself during the day, don’t overlook your needs at night as well. Creating good habits before falling asleep can influence better and deeper sleep that will make you more well-rested for the next day’s activities. Preparing your room with black-out curtains and even a sound machine to keep out additional noises will help keep your sleep consistent. Creating rituals to help you get ready for bed such as taking a bath or reading a book can also help calm you down for good sleep.
Self-Care Can Help Prevent Depression
As we grow older, it’s important to keep up with healthy self-care routines for both the body and mind. Neglecting your own self-care can result in depression. As warning signs may go unseen or unaddressed, it is important to recognize the signs of depression so that you can focus on it if it arises. According to Healthline.com, geriatric depression is long-lasting and can turn into major depression if it is not treated. PAy attention to your moods and feelings, and look for signs like feeling worthless, sleep problems, and even changes in appetite.
Many of your contemporaries who have depression may not speak up, even if they recognize the warning signs. They do this for many reasons, but one is the social stigma attached, and they suffer because of it. It is important to overcome embarrassment in order to treat depression. Some of the treatment options that can help include taking medication, attending therapy, and spending time with people you feel comfortable socializing with. The latter is particularly important for introverted seniors, because senior isolation can contribute to depression.
Self-care is important for all seniors, regardless of your personal socialization preferences. As you incorporate these self-care rituals into your daily routine, you will feel happier and healthier.