Self-care is something most people don’t do enough of, but as we get older, it’s even more important. For anyone who has a hard time doing things for (or spending money on) themselves, it’s time to make a change. Learn to take time for yourself and focus on smart self-care with these tips from Gabriel Patel and Kathi Casey.
Start an Exercise Program that you ENJOY!
Moving your body is an essential part of self-care, but it shouldn’t be an activity you dread. Choose an enjoyable and healthy exercise for your brain and body that you can stick with over time, and it won’t feel like punishment.
Even if you typically shy away from physical activity, easing into low-impact exercise is good for mobility, joint health, and retaining muscle. You might find that you feel more energized after working out, too.
Set Aside Time for Passions
As you approach retirement age, you might consider how to spend your time when you no longer work (or dedicate less time to a job). While hobbies are healthy at any life stage, if you don’t already invest time in a passion, now is a perfect time to start.
Even without a current passion, finding a hobby you’ll love is as simple as trying something new. Consider your interests and ways to expand your knowledge—then immerse yourself in new experiences. Even volunteering can count as a hobby and will make you feel good, too.
Find a More Rewarding Job
Most of us are still working, even into our 60s,70s and beyond, whether by choice or out of necessity. But although you may be nearing the end of your career, it’s never too late to change paths. A more rewarding job can serve as self-care when it helps you escape an unfulfilling or toxic work environment.
Before applying for new roles, spruce up your resume by creating one with a free resume builder. A professionally designed template stands out while allowing you to customize the images, colors, and more. An eye-catching resume can do wonders in helping you secure the job you’re after.
Carve Out Time for Friends
For many people, raising children and tending to family relationships is a priority. But spending time with friends is another important aspect of self-care. Nurturing close relationships can be both fun and good for your health.
Whether it’s friends or family, dedicating time to doing things together can keep you healthier and boost your memory. Several studies suggest people with strong social connections live longer than their counterparts.
Be Firm About Boundaries
No one wants to be a pushover, but sometimes avoiding conflict is the easiest way out. Positive Psychology points out that setting healthy boundaries is an important part of self-care.
Whether at work, with family, or with friends, establishing boundaries supports your well-being. Say no when it suits you and hold your ground. You’ll be less stressed and might find that you feel more empowered than ever.
Keep Up Healthy Routines
Exercise is one important routine to establish, but making time for sleep and relaxation should be on your to-do list, as well. Research suggests that older adults often develop sleep issues like insomnia but still require seven or more hours of sleep per night.
For the best rest possible, the Sleep Foundation recommends creating a healthy sleep environment with low light, no noise, and a cool temperature. Keeping your bedding fresh and adding relaxing scents can also help promote healthy sleep. And don’t forget to write in your gratitude journal just before laying down to sleep!
Incorporating self-care into your daily life takes a bit of effort. Whether you’re finding a new job or establishing boundaries, dedicating time to caring for your mental, physical, and emotional health is invaluable and worth the time. Find your groove with self-care and look forward to reaping the benefits well beyond your 60s.
Best of Health,
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