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5 Strategies for Seniors to Overcome Depression

As with every stage of life, older adulthood comes with its own set of challenges. Among these, depression symptoms are often overlooked. It’s essential to understand that severe depression isn’t normal for seniors. While the natural ebbs and flows of life may cause days of sadness, you should proactively address persistent feelings of melancholy or hopelessness. 

Depression is a serious condition that can require medical treatment. This may include, but is not limited to, antidepressant medications and counseling. Always speak to a medical professional if you are experiencing symptoms of depression, as they will be your most trusted partner in your efforts to manage this condition. 

1. Discover (or Rediscover) Your Purpose

Your retirement years are a new beginning. It’s a second spring of life, offering you the hours of freedom you once knew but with the years of hard-earned wisdom you’ve gained. These days come with ample opportunity to give attention to every budding interest and reignite the spark of old passions. Embrace these moments to bring the excitement back into your life.

2. Prioritize Healthy Sleep

Sleep is about more than rest. It’s a rejuvenating habit that can boost your brain health. Give your body and mind the gift of quality sleep by settling into a comforting routine each night. Use this time to read, meditate, or practice any other activity that brings you a sense of calm. Restorative sleep at night can do wonders for your mood during the day.

3. Make Connections With Others

Friendships are an essential part of aging well. For seniors, creating new friendships and refocusing attention on long-time relationships can be the perfect antidote to feelings of isolation. Joining clubs and engaging in community activities can also be helpful steps on a journey to greater happiness, which is why an independent living community can be an excellent choice for seniors—like-minded peers are always close by.

4. Get Up and Move To Improve

Exercise is a great way to release feel-good hormones called endorphins that boost your mood. However, exercise doesn’t have to be a strenuous activity. Even walking can be a great way to improve your health. Find the activities that give you joy and sprinkle positivity into each day, whether dancing, golf, or anything else that gets you up, moving, and smiling more. Please note that you should always consult a medical professional before trying new activities.

5. Find an Ally

Now and then, we all need a bit of guidance. Never hesitate to reach out to others when you can’t seem to feel better on your own. Whether it’s a professional counselor, a medical doctor, or even a close friend, finding someone to share your feelings with can release you from your daily burdens and help start you on your path to better health. Reaching out is a testament to your strength and optimism.

Discover Sunny Days Ahead at Friendship Village of Bloomington

Living on your terms allows you to fill the canvas of your life with vibrant colors. Imagine yourself in a place where you have more time to take part in these activities that let you feel like the most sincere version of yourself. Welcome to life at Friendship Village of Bloomington, where laughter echoes, friendships blossom, and each day can be a celebration of all life has to offer. 

Our welcoming community allows you to rediscover joy, purpose and meaningful connections. If this vision of senior living resonates with you, then why wait? Contact us today to discover senior living options in our community.

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