No matter what your age, it’s important for you to adopt good habits so that you can have a healthier lifestyle. However, as you get older, health becomes a more important consideration in your life. It no longer becomes something that you can take lightly because even the slightest illness, like the common cold, can result in a serious impact on your health. Hence, to maintain a good quality of life throughout your golden years, it’s important to incorporate healthy habits into your daily living. If you’re leading an unhealthy lifestyle but are unsure what unhealthy habits you should be quitting, read on to find out how you can lead a more sustainable and healthy life!
Getting Stressed Out
Feelings of anxiety and stress can be really bad for your mental health, but did you know that these emotions can affect your physical health too? Stress can affect your immune system and cause it to weaken which might thereafter increase the chances of falling ill. To resolve this issue, you can try to follow these steps.
- Follow a routine as this can guide you through your day and prevent you from getting unnecessarily worried
- Set both small and big goals
- Focus on one task at a time rather than getting overwhelmed by all your tasks
Not Getting Sufficient Sleep
Sleep is extremely important but unfortunately, there is a multitude of reasons why you might not be getting enough sleep at night. Ideally, you should be receiving 7-9 hours of sleep but if you are taking medication or struggling with insomnia, hitting this number may be a challenging task for you. Additionally, if you are consuming alcohol or caffeine very early in your sleep time, this may interfere with your sleep. We have compiled some tips that can help you to get less sleep.
- Create a more relaxing environment for yourself
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule
- Exercise more frequently
- Avoid long, late afternoon naps
- Drink fewer liquids or consume fewer fluids when it’s close to your bedtime
Smoking can be very detrimental, which you already know! However, this habit can really affect you greatly as a senior because it decreases your energy levels, prevents you from breathing normally, prevents you from tasting food well, decreases your blood circulation and increases the chances of illnesses like strokes, heart attacks, lung diseases and cancer. If you’re ready to get rid of this unhealthy habit and are willing to take active steps to move towards a healthier you, speak to your doctor who might be able to help you ease this transition.
In our retirement community, we understand the importance of leading an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle. This is why we have a special dining program where our chefs prepare wholesome meals for our residents with fresh ingredients. Aside from this, we also have a health& wellness program that allows our retirees to feel like their best selves by honing all aspects of their lives- physical, medical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual!