Self-care is important at any age but seniors should especially prioritize putting themselves first, especially their mental health. Let’s explore some effective ways to help elevate your mood and make sure your overall well-being is being prioritized.

Spend some time outside. The rays of the sun combined with the fresh air ambiance collectively do wonders. There are likely tons of studies showing how those that spend lots of time near nature can reduce their blood pressure and heart rate. Furthermore, connecting with Mother Nature may also cut down the level of cortisol, the hormone that causes stress. Even something as simple as a leisurely park or garden stroll helps.

Talk it out. By nature, humans are all about connecting. Hence, socializing with friends and loved ones will encourage the release of the feel-good hormone known as oxytocin. Having a circle of close friends later in life may also assist with preventing the odds of mental decline. There are moments when it is impossible to make physical and social contact. When an in-person meet-up isn’t safe or feasible, social media or video chat can be a wonderful way to keep in touch.

Get physical. Exercise is more than just keeping the body limber and healthy. The endorphins released from working out also promote a “feel good” feeling. Whether you prefer swimming, yoga, dancing, or even something as simple as gardening, any physical activity helps. However, if you can up your exercise to a more challenging activity, you’ll reap greater rewards. Consider having a friend join you while maintaining the all-important six-foot distance.

Drink water. Remaining hydrated by drinking a pair of glasses of water a day, for example, may significantly reduce depression. Plus, if you experience headaches it could simply be the body trying to convey it’s dehydrated.