As we grow older, the many changes that our bodies and lives are going through can result in differences in how our bodies feel and function. For many seniors, it is difficult to navigate the changes that come to impact their energy levels. It can be discouraging to have your body seem to force you to slow down when you are still so ready and willing to get out and do things every day.
While outside factors can never entirely override the need for rest and relaxation that the body requires to maintain a state of health and wellbeing, it is possible to make a few lifestyle choices that can help to allow seniors to feel more energetic so that they can continue to participate in all the things they love.
Everyone’s body works differently, and the things that work well for one person will likely be a little bit different than the ones that work for someone else. Generally speaking, the following are some great things to try that can help seniors to feel more energetic and less sluggish and fatigued throughout the day:
- Sleep Well: Many seniors deal with sleep problems, and it can be hard to have energy during the day when it hasn’t been replenished throughout the night. Having a good nighttime routine and setting things up in a way that is more conducive to a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Routine and environment are one thing, but if sleep is a persistent problem it can help to speak to a medical professional about how to improve sleep patterns and quality.
- Get Moving: It may seem counterintuitive to do something that uses up energy when you are trying to get your energy levels up. The reality, however, is that getting active and moving can work wonders to energize the body. Going for a walk or hike, doing some yoga, or engaging in any other physical activity that is enjoyable and manageable can help seniors to get a wave of energy that they can use throughout the rest of the day. For many seniors, going out in the morning for some physical activity can provide them with enough energy to get them through the rest of a full and meaningful day.
- Stay Hydrated: Hydration is incredibly important for the body, and not getting enough water each day can have a significant impact on how the body feels and runs. Seniors should aim to be getting about two liters of water each day. It can be tough to remember to drink all the time, so setting up little tools to make it easier like always having a reusable water bottle around or setting reminders to drink through the day can help.
- Eat Well: The things we put into our bodies play a huge role in how we feel. Diets that are more balanced and filled with healthy foods like fruits and vegetables help the body to run better overall and allow for the maintenance of good levels of energy throughout the day. Reducing the amount of processed and junk foods in one’s diet can make a huge difference in reducing feelings of sluggishness and increasing energy.
- Don’t Smoke: While many believe that smoking increases a sense of energy, the reality is that the jolts of energy that cigarettes provide are short-lived and create even greater dips and lows in energy levels. The health-problems associated with smoking can generally contribute to lower energy levels. Avoiding smoking all-together is better for the body overall and for energy levels too.
- Meditate: Studies have indicated many benefits of making meditation a part of seniors’ lives. The state that comes along with a mindfulness practice and the connection to the present moment can help seniors to feel more focused, energetic, and recharged. Even just a few minutes of meditation practice a day can make a meaningful difference.
- Address Stress: When our minds are taken up with worries, stress, and anxieties, little energy is left for anything else. Thinking about what things work best to relieve stress throughout the day can lift a weight and provide a greater amount of energy. Whether it be an enjoyable hobby, meditation, therapy, exercise, or anything else, relieving stress can allow for more energy to be freed up and used elsewhere.
- Be Social: Isolation and loneliness can be draining emotionally and physically. Staying connected and social can help to allow for feelings of happiness and energy. Taking the time to plan social activities through the week can provide something to look forward to and can help seniors feel more engaged and energetic throughout the week.
- Engage the Brain: Playing games that get the brain going can help seniors to feel more mentally fit and, in turn, more energetic overall. Whether it be games alone or with friends, just doing something that gets the mental cogs turning can help keep the brain engaged, fit, and powerful in ways that make seniors feel more capable and energetic overall.
- Explore: Sometimes, too much of the same can make us feel drained. Getting out into the world and trying new things or visiting new places can be invigorating in ways that provide lasting energy to seniors. Taking the time to explore interests, places, people, and various aspects of human experience can fill seniors with positive feelings and energy.
Growing older doesn’t have to mean giving up engagement and activities because of less energy. With some purposeful thought and changes, seniors can work to increase their feelings of energy as they continue to move happily through their lives.