Thursday, May 2, 2019

Guest Post! || Senior Health: How To Take Care Of Your Overall Well-being by JASON LEWIS




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Senior health is a huge concern for individuals who are past retirement age and their loved ones. Because your physical and mental health are so closely linked, it’s important to take a close look at how they are affected by your daily activities, and to think of ways you can boost your overall well-being in order to maintain your own safety and to feel better inside and out. For instance, if you aren’t getting enough exercise, your sense of balance may suffer, which can lead to falls and injuries within your home. If you aren’t staying social, you may become isolated and lonely, which can lead to depression.


An easy way to cover all the bases is to think about how you can mix your activities for maximum impact. You can join a walking group that will allow you to work out while staying social, or take your grandchildren to the park for a playdate so you can visit with your loved ones while having fun and getting active. The choices are endless.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your overall well-being as a senior.

Learn more about your healthcare options

Healthcare is an invaluable benefit for seniors, especially Medicare, but it doesn’t always cover everything. If you need vision or dental insurance, or if you require a short-term stay in a nursing facility, you may need to consider a Medicare Advantage Plan to ensure you’ll be covered. Take a look at plans offered by providers like Aetna to find out more about your options, and don’t forget to check out their wellness programs specifically aimed at seniors.

Check your gut

Over the years, research has suggested there is a link between our gut health and our mood and mental health, so it’s important to stick to a gut-healthy diet. Keeping your body’s microbiome in good shape by eating fermented foods -- such as sauerkraut -- and introducing probiotics such as yogurt into your daily meals can make a big difference in the way you feel.

Keep your workout fun

Daily exercise is a must when you want to maintain good health, and keeping it fun will help you stay motivated even when you’re tired. Look for a workout that integrates a good time with activity, such as playing with your grandchildren outdoors, joining a club, or playing a sport like golf or tennis. When you enjoy exercising, you’re much more likely to keep up with it every day, which is the best way to stay at a healthy weight, keep your heart in good shape, and prevent illness and disease. You can even build up balance and stability, which will help prevent falls.

Reduce stress

We all have stress in some form, whether it’s from financial issues, family matters, or health-related problems. Stress can have a negative effect on many aspects of your life, however, including leaving you unable to sleep well or function properly during the day. A couple of easy ways to reduce the stress in your life include practicing self-care -- which is any activity that helps you feel relaxed in a healthy way, such as yoga/meditation, swimming or reading a good book -- and either talking to a loved one about your feelings or learning to journal so you can boost your mental health.

As a senior, tending to your health is important, and making sure all of your needs are met will allow you to keep your mind, body, and soul in great shape. Talk to your loved ones when you need help, and remember to reduce stress as much as possible from day to day. Learning how to take care of yourself will help you stay strong, independent, and vital.





Friday, November 23, 2018

Guest Post! || The Journey to Positive Mental Health Through Self-Care by BRAD KRAUSE




Self-care is a priority in my life so when someone asked to guest-post, on my blog, about that
very topic I was thrilled!


Brad Krause left the corporate world to help promote the simple notion of self-care through writing
and consulting. Find more about Brad on his website http://selfcaring.info/ .

Thanks for reading!
Blessings,
Kim xx






The Journey to Positive Mental Health Through Self-Care

Self-care is an important part of wellness, and it includes all aspects of your body and mind. With a holistic approach to self-care, you can tackle recurrent issues with your physical and mental health. Take some important steps to work on self-care by focusing on the following areas of your life.

Gratitude and Positivity


When was the last time you made yourself feel loved? There are so many ways to love yourself. You can treat yourself to a spa day, buy a new outfit, go on a solo weekend trip or a solo date, do something that you always want to do but can never find someone to go with, or simply compliment yourself. Ask yourself each morning what you’re grateful for, and say your answers out loud. Write down your best qualities and read them every night, and begin and end each day with positivity.

Self-Respect



Show respect for yourself by mindfully engaging in the things that make you feel happy and whole while avoiding the things that make you feel disempowered. Whether it’s a job or a relationship that leaves you feeling down, it doesn’t serve your self-worth to stay in that situation. Know when to walk away and let things go. Know when to say no to being used and yes to being empowered.

Gut Health



Sometimes your body needs a boost from probiotics to get your gut health on track. Gut health plays a large role in your overall well-being, not just your digestion. A healthy gut leads to radiant skin, smoother bodily functions, a sharper mind, weight management, fewer illnesses, and more. The more you know about the flora of your gut, the better equipped you are to decide whether to add supplements and foods (or eliminate certain foods) for digestive health benefits. Good gut bacteria such as Bifidobacterium, Akkermansia, and Lactobacillus help with digestion, a stronger immune system, and protection of your intestines from bad microbes.

R&R


Make sure you get plenty of rest and relaxation when you’re running on empty so you can recharge. This means allowing yourself a full night of sleep (you may need to update your bedding or mattress if it’s been a while), several small breaks throughout the workday, a real lunch break, evenings off, and at least one day off a week for “you” time. Remember to make room in your life for vacations too. Every busy person deserves a relaxing personal retreat from life’s hectic schedule and stressful moments. During these scheduled periods of time off, make a commitment to yourself to not check work or answer non-urgent requests.

Stress


Stress is an inevitable part of life, and there’s no one who lives without it. Find ways to reduce your stress by removing the factors that create stress and practicing stress-reducing exercises such as breathing techniques, listening to music, massages, exercising, and daily journaling. Does sitting in traffic make you feel stressed? If so, trade the car for public transportation so you can sit through your commute instead of driving in traffic. Is there a stress-inducing person in your life? Either let that relationship go or confront the elephant in the room to ease the tension.

Food


Eating the cleanest ingredients will help heal your body. An organic, plant-based diet is one of the healthiest lifestyles to adopt. These are the foods that come from the earth and contain no harmful ingredients. They are full of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to be nourished. They are the most natural way to meet your needs and give your body the energy it needs to function purely.


Give yourself the care you deserve and need so that your mental health can heal. When you work on healing your mind and body in tandem, you’ll begin to see benefits in all areas of your life. Your spiritual side might even awaken, and that’s something worth caring about. Commit to bringing out the positive aspects so you can create the life you’ve always wanted to manifest.


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