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3 Simple Self-Care Tips For Seniors

Looking after yourself as you age can become more and more challenging. The years can come with decreased mobility, energy levels, and overall health and wellbeing. That said, I believe that this stereotype of the hunched over, slow-moving senior doesn’t have to be the norm. With the proper self-care and awareness, it’s possible to live a vibrant, fulfilling life well into the golden years. It’s important to take steps to make wellness a priority as early as possible. Fortunately, there are a few simple self-care tips for seniors that you can do today. Make sure to clear any new dietary or exercise plan with your healthcare provider.

Eat a Nutritious Diet 

The food that you eat has a massive impact on the way you feel in both your body and mind. The better quality of food you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you’ll receive to support all body systems. Do consult your physician or nutritionist to make sure you’re getting everything you need.

Keep in mind, consuming too much salt, sugar, and bad fats can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. These are common ingredients found in processed and fast foods. The easiest way to improve your diet is to buy fresh, whole foods, and prepare your own meals. Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, along with a good serving of complex carbohydrates, as well as lean proteins. There are thousands of simple recipes online with seniors in mind. If you need help preparing meals, ask a loved one, or even hire someone if you need to.

Maintain Proper Hygiene 

When your energy levels begin to sink, finding the strength to get up and take a shower can be challenging. However, skipping your hygiene routine on a regular basis can have a negative impact on mood and health. Set a goal to begin each day with a fresh face, body, and clean hearing aids. Something as simple as a morning routine helps you to feel ready, promoting energy and a healthy attitude. If showering is cumbersome due to facilities, look into products and installations to make things easier.

Walk Every Day

Taking regular walks can have a wonderful effect on mood, as well as overall health. It’s a low impact way to stimulate muscles, circulation, and digestion. Walking also allows you to socialize with other people you might encounter on your route. You might also enjoy a walking group that gathers regularly. 

Taking good care of yourself as you age is crucial to longevity and life-fulfillment. Change your diet to accommodate more vitamins and minerals, adopt a better hygiene routine, and be sure to walk outside to work your muscles and socialize at the same time! 

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, it’s owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors, and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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