For many people, the holiday season is the perfect occasion to spend time with friends and family. However, many seniors find the time difficult due to having insufficient energy to keep up.
Here are five ways you can boost your energy and enjoy this joyous time of year.
Your nutrition plays a big part in how you feel overall and your needs change as you age. Limit your intake of simple carbohydrates like white bread or pasta and increase your consumption of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. It’s also important to hydrate sufficiently. Try to drink at least one glass of water with every meal and one in between meals as well.
Sleep problems, such as insomnia, are common among seniors and can lead to a loss of energy and a feeling of sleepiness throughout the day. To get a better night’s rest, limit the use of electronic devices in the evening and try to go to bed around the same time every night.
While you should aim to wake up around the same time every morning, taking short naps around midday can give you a bit of extra energy for the rest of the day.
Getting enough exercise helps you sleep better at night and can raise your level of energy. There are lots of enjoyable ways to get moving, from yoga class to taking a walk around the block.
If your mobility is reduced, there are still ways to get a workout. Many retirement homes offer exercise classes tailored to those with reduced mobility.
Social isolation in seniors can lead to depression, stress and loneliness and consequently lead to a lack of energy. See the people who are most important to you as often as you can during the holiday season and throughout the year.
If you’re far from home, take a class, join a club or take part in some of the extensive group activities we host daily to facilitate the creation of new friendships. Staying connected with friends, both old and new, will leave you happier, healthier and more prepared to manage the drain of the holiday season.
Living with emotional, financial or other types of stress can lead to exhaustion. Meditation, journaling and talking about your issues with others are just a few ways you can manage your stress.
Stay stress-free over the holidays by planning things in advance: choose your outfits, plan your transportation and ensure your medication is in order before your seasonal parties, gatherings and events.
Finally, it’s important to note that everyone’s energy levels are different. However, if you notice that you have significantly less energy than usual, it’s essential that you consult your healthcare practitioner.
When you live in a Retirement Concepts senior living residence, you’re always home. From our delicious meals to the many clubs and social activities we organize, we take care of you, in mind and body. Contact a community relations manager at a location near you today to find out more about our residences.