How to boost mental health in elders

How to boost mental health in elders

Being physically active

Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also helps energize your spirits and make you feel good. Exercise can also relieve depression.

Be socially active

Social isolation is a major health issue. Apart from compromising the mental health of isolated individuals, it is linked to many other adverse health outcomes, including dementia, heart disease and stroke and premature death. But people who experience social isolation can take steps to improve their situation – for example, by engaging in formal social activities.

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy involves therapists working collaboratively with clients to develop skills for identifying and replacing distorted thoughts and beliefs, ultimately changing the associated habitual behavior towards them. It is usually focused on the present and is a problem-solving orientated treatment. When individuals are in distress they often can’t recognize that their thoughts are inaccurate, so cognitive therapy helps them to identify these thoughts and re-evaluate them.

Adapt yoga for keeping body and mind calm

Yoga can increase relaxation by altering the stress response system, helping to quiet down the nervous system. In this way, the mental benefits of yoga happen with the reduction of stress by decreasing cortisol (stress hormone) levels in our body. A common theme in yoga is the process of ‘letting go’ releasing deep holding patterns in the body and finding a state of balance to support healing.

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