MindHealthy living starts with a healthy mind. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so prioritizing that will make all the difference when it comes to your day to day life. Stress and anxiety can creep in, clouding your mind and even weighing heavily on your body. Find what works for you and your mental health, and continue practicing it to keep your mind clear and your soul free. Consider the following tips for a starting point. Get outside. The joy of fresh air and the simple pleasure of nature has been known to bring clarity to the mind. Being outside boosts levels of Vitamin D, which can improve the immune system and also encourage a more positive outlook. Studies have shown that those who spent thirty minutes outdoors daily were overall happier, showing less negative symptoms and better self-reported functioning. Find a creative outlet. Your time has freed up now that you’re retired, so you can focus on things you really want to do. Have you always wanted to paint a picture, learn to play music, or get involved in theater? Go after what speaks to you. Engaging in an activity you feel passionate about will keep the mind sharp and fresh. A few of the programs that will be offered at Viamonte at Walnut Creek include:
- Book clubs
- Current events discussion groups
- Educational classes
- Art classes
- Craft workshops
- Computer classes
- Resident-sponsored clubs
- Bridge, board and card games
ExercisePhysical fitness can prevent many diseases and illnesses, and can also help fight others faster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes many benefits of physical activity, including the following:
- Reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
- Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
- Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.