Self-care is a major buzzword today and the cornerstone of a massive trend called “wellness” (another one of those buzzwords!). Self-care provides a framework for how we approach our lives. Activity, nutrition, rest, and leisure interact to keep us healthy, happy, and productive.
The great thing about self-care is that it is adaptable to individual lives and circumstances. When people age and begin to experience changes or disruptions to their mental and physical health, it becomes crucial to adopt a solid self-care routine.
Whether you are just approaching retirement or have been retired for quite some time, you’ll want to assemble a self-care routine that will keep you grounded and content.
Here are some great ways you can practice self-care during your retirement years:
- Declutter: Shrink your material possessions and only keep what you will need going forward. Selling some items can even help with funding your future plans.
- Budget: If you are planning a big-ticket item, like travel, work it into your budget!
- Relax: Retirement is a huge moment in your life – enjoy it! Stay up late, sleep in, read the entire paper, and savor your coffee. Take a long walk, watch the sunset, and relax in front of the fireplace.
- Stimulate: Older brains crave learning and novelty too. They can also outperform younger minds in memory and focus, which means it’s a great time to renew an old hobby or dig into something new. Pull out your paintbrushes, polish your bowling shoes, pick up an instrument, or immerse yourself in philosophy. Stay active and stimulated with puzzles, games, crosswords, and books.
- Reconnect: Friendships and community are paramount to happiness. Make a plan to get together with family or friends over dinner twice a month. Attend a community event through your church, neighborhood, or civic organization. Begin a simple 5-minute daily meditation practice to increase your feeling of connection with yourself and the world around you.
- Energize: Get the exercise that you never had enough time for while working. Golf, yoga, swimming, or even a simple daily walk will do wonders for your physical and mental state. Visit your doctor and catch up on any tests or therapy that you have been putting off. With this information, you can also adjust your diet as needed.
- Reevaluate: If you have gotten into a rut and feel unstimulated, think about where you can shake up your routine to increase your daily satisfaction. Simple tweaks to nutrition, exercise, and sleep patterns may provide some relief. Sleep is especially important for seniors; those who don’t get enough rest increase their chance of falling the next day.
- Analyze: Age and weight changes often require adjustments to medications. Additionally, the more prescriptions you take, the more likely you are to have an interaction between them. Bag up all of your medicine, including over-the-counter remedies, and bring them to your next doctor’s appointment. That way, the nurse will get the exact names and dosages directly from the bottles.
- Advocate: Speak up when you need help doing something. Being proactive about seeking assistance will lead to greater satisfaction and display that you are clear-minded and competent about your approach to life. It also heads off more significant problems that result from taking on too many responsibilities. Finding someone to help with driving, grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking are sensible ways to take some pressure off of yourself.