Natural changes in the body as we age make it more strenuous to carry out tasks and activities that once seemed simple and effortless. This can present challenges for seniors as they find themselves with less energy to get through daily routines.
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. Often for seniors, it becomes difficult to navigate the changes that result in reduced energy levels. It can be discouraging when your body is telling you to slow down, but the brain is still ready and willing to get out and enjoy the activities of everyday life.
While it is impossible to avoid the need for rest and relaxation the body requires to maintain a state of health and wellbeing, it is possible to make a few lifestyle choices that can help seniors feel more energetic so they can continue to participate in all the things they love.
Everyone has different physiology and interests, so things that work well for one person may not be as effective 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.
Get Quality Sleep: Many seniors deal with sleep problems, and it can be hard to find 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 of 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 functions. Seniors should aim to get about two litres of water each day. It can be tough to remember to stay hydrated all the time, so always having a reusable water bottle around or setting reminders to drink water throughout the day can help.
Eat Well: What we put into our bodies plays a huge role in how we feel. Diets that are more balanced and filled with healthy foods like fruits and vegetables help the body run better overall and provide the availability 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 stagnancy.
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 altogether is better for energy levels and the body in general.
Meditate: Studies have presented many compelling reasons for making meditation a part of seniors’ lives. The state that comes along with mindful practices and the connection to the present moment can help seniors feel more focused, energetic, and recharged. Even just a few minutes of meditation a day can make a meaningful difference.
Address Stress: When our minds are consumed with worries, stress, and anxiety, 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 other activities, 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 contribute to feelings of happiness and increased 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.
Engage the Brain: Playing games that get the brain going can help seniors feel more mentally fit and energetic. 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 vigorous.
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 for seniors. Taking the time to explore interests, places, people, and various aspects of the human experience can fill seniors with positive feelings and energy.
Growing older doesn’t have to mean giving up activities and social engagement because of less energy. With some purposeful thought and changes, seniors can work to increase energy levels as they continue to move happily through their lives.