In today’s world, mental health can be one of the hardest things to maintain healthily, especially if you or your loved one are in senior living. Whether you are in assisted living, memory care, or post-acute care, there are a lot of updated policies that are in place to ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe from COVID-19. With the never-ending news cycle and onslaught of constant sad stories, it can be exceedingly tough on the mental health of individuals both young and older. Here are some ways to help maintain your mental health during the pandemic.
Exercise and Eat Right
Even from the comfort and safety of your own room, you can still get exercise in senior living. Exercise is well known to increase endorphins, which is like taking a “happy pill” without the side effects of medication. Exercise is also known to increase your confidence and self-esteem. Consistent physical activity and eating right will elevate your mood and will also have a positive effect on your bones, muscles and organs. There are a variety of virtual programs for exercise available to help ensure that you remain physically and mentally strong throughout these difficult times.
Join a Support Group
There are also a variety of support groups that have shifted to using virtual communication instead of in-person to safely help provide a sense of community during a truly isolating time. Support groups are beneficial because you realize you are not alone when you are surrounded by a peer group. It’s a good feeling to know there are people like you who have experienced the exact same feelings that you are going through. They understand you and can help by talking through coping skills to help you maintain a healthier state of mind.
Limit Social Media
Social media can be really awesome during these trying times to stay connected to family and friends when you’re in assisted living or memory care, but it can be very depressing right now. Mental health experts agree that you should limit your social media usage to certain times of the day to remain informed and connected but remember to take a break from it all together when you find it’s just not bringing you joy.
Have a Steady Bedtime and Daily Routine
Time has a tendency to feel like an illusion during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may find yourself realizing it is 3AM and you’re still wide awake. That practice has real negative consequences on your mental health. A good night’s sleep is important for everyone to achieve. Experts have stated that maintaining a consistent bedtime and daily routine can help ease anxieties.
When feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness come around, these methods allow you to fight them off in a healthy and safe way. Modern-day senior living companies should be expected to provide these opportunities to reap the benefits of all programs available to the families during these difficult times. At Poet’s Walk, a Spring Hills Memory Care Community, we are proud to offer a variety of methods and healthcare professionals to help maintain mental wellness. To learn more, click here to contact your local community.