We will all age and we all have people in our lives who are aging: parents, grandparents, friends. Most of us wish to retain our well-being physically and mentally – to remain in our homes and in our communities. Life transformations start for the average people around middle age. The transition from working, raising children, and other aspects of our daily grind into retirement is a challenge for most people.
Tips to maintain well-being are:
-Do what makes you happy: Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through your days on autopilot start your day off on a positive note by engaging in an enjoyable activity every morning.
-Get inspired. Find inspiration in everything from subscribing to a daily quote, listening to uplifting audio books on the way to work, read books with exciting ideas.
-Discover/rediscover a passion. Take the time to consider your passions (example: painting, writing ect)
-Determine and live your personal values. Knowing and living your values will lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfillment.
-Take daily risks. Challenge yourself to take a risk each day, whether it’s talking to someone new, asserting yourself, trusting someone, dancing, setting a tough workout goal or anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
-Accept your emotions. We deny, bury, project, rationalize, medicate, drink away, smother in comfort food, sleep off, sweat out, suck it up and sweep under the rug our sadness, anger and fear. Its ok not to be a robot we are human after all.
-Get rid of rotten eggs. There’s usually at least one rotten egg in your life that’s dragging down your mental outlook identify your rotten eggs and figure out how to remove them. Your rotten eggs might seem small. But even annoyances can add up and chip away at your mood and well-being.
-Surround yourself with positive scents and sounds. Our surroundings can affect our well-being. You can create a positive feeling at home with lemon, peppermint or other essential oils you love, or a 10 min walk in nature your mood will change for the better.
Go out and enjoy this lovely day, get inspired, take a chance at something new....what are you waiting for!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.