September is dedicated to raise awareness of the positive aspects of growing older.
As we get older, it is important that we stay both physically and mentally aware of our health and how the mind and body changes over the years.
A few helpful hints to ensure that mental health is a top priority is to surround yourself with people who make you laugh and smile, be realistic about changes that comes with age, opt for a stress-free environment as much as possible, become socially engaged with volunteer work, local school, or church and stay physically and mentally active by nurturing social connections with friends and family.
Remaining active and engaged is the best gift you can give yourself. Staying physically and mentally active and nurturing social connections with friends and family are all part of the bigger picture in helping to keep your mind and body well.
The second-best gift you can give yourself is a positive outlook on life! For some, with age comes more medical illnesses, loneliness as loved ones pass away and children move away, as well as fear of death and the unknown. Yet, a positive outlook regarding life can be just the view needed to prevent depression and anxiety.
If you or your loved one is facing depression or similar emotions as a result of aging, please don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a counselor or therapist to aid in helping you achieve balance and develop a healthier perspective as life changes with ageing.