Boomers is a Mental Health Foundation of NZ website helping people prepare for a senior life that has meaning, purpose and joy.
If lately you’ve found yourself misplacing your possessions or calling your children the dog’s name, perhaps it’s time to sharpen your mental faculties! Brain training games like Sudoku and Luminosity can help reclaim your mental sharpness, but what about other ways to keep mentally well when you’re over 55?
Boomers is a Mental Health Foundation of NZ website helping people prepare for a senior life that has meaning, purpose and joy. People featured on the site say that “Like financial planning for retirement, wellbeing planning works better the sooner it starts.”
Boomers offers five ways people can maintain their mental wellbeing in later life.
1. Connect, Me Whakawhanaunga
Have you ever felt better after sharing a problem? The same principle applies here. People are stronger when they pull together and you can connect in many ways.
Join a community group, hold a dinner party, or simply phone a friend for a chat. Think of these relationships as the cornerstone of your life and invest time in developing them.
Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
2. Give, Tukua
It feels good to give, so give what you can, especially your time. Think of what you have to offer to your loved ones or the community.
You can volunteer for a charity, donate your unwanted belongings, or even give a smile to a stranger; think how it will improve their day!
Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the people around you can be incredibly rewarding and fosters connections.
3. Take Notice, Me aro tonu
Take notice of the little things in life that you are grateful for. Taking a moment to become mindful of what makes you happy can go a long way towards brightening your perspective.
Savour your time spent with loved ones. Enjoy the warm sunshine on your morning walk. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you; keeping a diary can assist in this.
Taking 10 mindful breaths each day to calm the mind and the body.
4. Keep Learning, Me ako tonu
Embrace new experiences and challenges to keep learning. Seek out new pursuits to keep your mind and body active. Hobbies needn’t be expensive; you could tackle a foreign language or join a free computing course at your local library.
Feel your confidence grow as you become more capable. You may even discover a dormant talent!
5. Be Active, Me kori tonu
Do what you can to move your body and transform your mood. Exercise is good for the body and the mind; indulging in a treat isn’t so naughty after aqua aerobics!
Discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Being active comes in many forms; you can work up a sweat in the garden or maintain your flexibility during a calming yoga class.