This is a guest post by Eliza Morgan.
Aging is no simple process. In fact, many would argue it’s the hardest process there is. With age comes wisdom and certain health struggles. There’s no doubt about it, old age can be taxing – on your body, mind, and bank account. At times, it can feel like we prepare for our old age all our lives.
Throughout our youth and adulthood we build wealth, set up our retirement plan, and care for our bodies in preparation for old age. We all know that keeping our bodies strong and healthy is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Not only does staying physically healthy mean living a longer happier life, it also means cutting back on (unnecessary) medical costs and many health issues that can arise in old age. With credit card bills, mortgages, taxes, and so many other expenses, cutting back on potential medical costs is always a positive thing. Something many people overlook, however, is the importance of strong mental health in one’s old age. There are many things that individuals can do on a daily basis to ensure better mental health. This can help save you both worry and money in the long run. Try these three natural at-home practices for better more reliable mental health.
Of course, our diet plays a huge role in our overall health and wellness. With a healthy and appropriate diet we can better avoid serious physical health issues and ensure stronger mental wellness. A diet based on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein can help to balance your blood sugar levels. When these levels become off balance and erratic, one’s moods can be severely affected. A healthy diet can help to keep natural order with things that affect brain chemistry and mood. Food with too much sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can be a huge stressor on mental health and stability. Generally, it is a good idea to avoid highly processed foods in one’s diet for both mental and physical health purposes.
Next to a healthy diet, exercise is the health item people talk about most. With obesity and other diet related disease rates soaring throughout the globe, diet and exercise have been hot issues in the past several years. Regular age and body appropriate exercise is one of the best ways to prevent physical and mental health issues. Exercise enables your body to use stored up reservoirs of adrenaline in a healthy and appropriate way. Just using this adrenaline can help to stabilize your mental state. Regular exercise also releases endorphins into your bloodstream. As we all know, these are the “feel good” hormones that make us feel naturally happy. Even just twenty minutes of rigorous exercise three times a week can make all the difference.
While diet and exercise are physical and mental health practices that many people already understand, the benefits of a passionate hobby are often overlooked. Find a hobby that you can pick up to absorb all your negative energy.
When you find something to do outside of work and family that is a solely “you thing”, you are able to channel negative feelings into something more positive. Having something that is all your own can be very important for your mental health. Things like drawing, painting, dance, music, or any other hobby are great choices. Find something that is fun and creative which you can use to unwind at the end of the day and your mental stability is sure to improve. Expressive therapies like these have been a method of relaxation and mental health for many years. Never underestimate the power of a little de-stressing and having fun.
Author Bio: Eliza Morgan is a full time blogger. She specializes in writing about business credit cards. You can reach her at: elizamorgan856 at gmail dot com.
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