Emo­tional and Men­tal Vi­tal­ity

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Emo­tional and men­tal vi­tal­ity are closely tied to phys­i­cal vi­tal­ity—just as your mind has pow­er­ful ef­fects on your body, so your phys­i­cal state af­fects how you feel and think. So­cial con­tact can also make a big dif­fer­ence in how you feel. Re­plac­ing a “lost” ac­tiv­ity is a key to stay­ing ac­tive and feel­ing good about your­self. For in­stance, if you can no longer run, you might try walk­ing, bik­ing, and/or swim­ming. And if your fa­vorite ac­tiv­ity was danc­ing, you might try some­thing else that com­bines so­cial and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, such as join­ing a wa­ter aer­o­bics class. Re­plac­ing lost ac­tiv­i­ties can help you keep a positive at­ti­tude and sense of well-be­ing over time, even if ag­ing and changes in your health mean you can not do all the things you used to do.

Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. Pro­tect or im­prove your emo­tional and cog­ni­tive health with reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. While phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity pro­duces chem­i­cals in the body that pro­mote emo­tional well-be­ing, in­ac­tiv­ity can make de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, and stress worse. Re­search has been done to link phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and the risk of Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other de­men­tias. Adults who are phys­i­cally ac­tive may be less likely to get Alzheimer’s dis­ease or de­men­tia than adults who are not phys­i­cally ac­tive. So­cial ac­tiv­ity. Pro­tect or im­prove your emo­tional health by stay­ing in touch with friends, fam­ily, and the greater com­mu­nity. Whether phys­i­cally healthy or ill, peo­ple who feel con­nected to oth­ers are more likely to thrive than those who are so­cially iso­lated. Vol­un­teer­ing in your com­mu­nity and shar­ing your wis­dom and tal­ents with oth­ers is a grat­i­fy­ing and mean­ing­ful way to en­rich your life.

Men­tal ac­tiv­ity.

Pro­tect or im­prove your mem­ory and men­tal sharp­ness by: •Chal­leng­ing your in­tel­lect on a daily ba­sis. Read, learn a new mu­si­cal in­stru­ment or lan­guage, do cross­word puz­zles, or play games of strat­egy with oth­ers. Just like an ac­tive body, an ac­tive brain con­tin­ues to de­velop and thrive, while an in­ac­tive brain loses its power over time. •Help­ing your mem­ory a along. Write down dates, names, and other im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion that you eas­ily for­get. . Use rou­tine and rep­e­ti­tion. For ex­am­ple, keep daily y items such as keys and eye­glasses in a spe­cific place. And when you meet some­one new, pic­ture that per­son while you re­peat his or her name out loud to oth­ers or to your­self sev­eral times to com­mit it to mem­ory. (No mat­ter what your age, hav­ing too much on your mind can keep you from re­mem­ber­ing new in­for­ma­tion. And as you age, it is nor­mal to take longer to re­trieve new in­for­ma­tion from your mem­ory bank.) Pre­vent­ing de­pres­sion, • which is a com­mon yet treat­able cause of cog­ni­tive de­cline in older peo­ple. In ad­di­tion to get­ting reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and so­cial con­tact, avoid the de­pres­sant ef­fect of al­co­hol and seda­tive use, eat healthy meals and snacks, and in­clude mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­ity in your daily life (such as learn­ing, cre­at­ing, work­ing, vol­un­teer­ing). If you think you have de­pres­sion, seek pro­fes­sional help— an­tide­pres­sant medicine or coun­sel­ing or both are ef­fec­tive treat­ments for de­press sion. If you find that a phys­i­cal co con­di­tion n or dis­abil­ity is maki ing your de­pressed m mood worse, get the m med­i­cal treat­ment you need. •No t

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arette smoki ing may speed m men­tal de­cline. This con­nec­tion was identi- fied in a large study com­par­ing smok­ers and non­smok­ers age 65 and over. Stress re­duc­tion and re­laxa• tion tech­niques.

Too much life stress can take a toll on your body, your mind, and the peo­ple who are clos­est to you. In ad­di­tion to get­ting reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, you can take charge of how stress af­fects you by tak­ing 20 min­utes a day for re­lax­ation time. •Meditation fo­cuses your at­ten­tion and helps calm both mind and body. Daily meditation is used for man­ag­ing a spec­trum of phys­i­cal and emo­tional con­di­tions, in­clud­ing high blood pres­sure, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, and chronic pain. •The body re­sponds to stress with mus­cle ten­sion, which can cause pain or dis­com­fort. Pro­gres­sive mus­cle re­lax­ation re­duces mus­cle ten­sion and gen­eral anx­i­ety and may help you get to sleep. •The way you breathe af­fects your whole body. Try breath­ing ex­er­cises for re­lax­ation. Full, deep breath­ing is a good way to re­duce ten­sion, feel re­laxed, and re­duce stress. For more in­for­ma­tion about re­duc­ing stress, see the topic Stress Man­age­ment. Positive think­ing. Positive think­ing may help you live a longer, hap­pier life. Even if you tend to be an op­ti­mist, there are times when it takes ex­tra ef­fort to frame your life pos­i­tively. Take the fol­low­ing steps to har­ness the power of positive think­ing in your daily life. •Cre­ate positive ex­pec­ta­tions of your­self, your health, and life in gen­eral. When you catch your­self us­ing neg­a­tive self-talk or pre­dict­ing a bad out­come, stop. Re­frame your thought into a positive one, and speak it out loud or write it down. This type of think­ing can help you best re­cover from surgery, can­cer, and other life crises. •Open your­self to hu­mor, friend­ship, and love. Go out of your way to find rea­sons to laugh and to spend time with peo­ple you en­joy. •Ap­peal to a higher power, if it suits you. Whether it be through your faith in a lov­ing, all-pow­er­ful God or your con­nec­tion with na­ture or a col­lec­tive un­con­scious, your sense of spir­i­tual well­ness can help you through per­sonal tri­als and en­hance your joy in liv­ing.

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