Add Structure to Your Day
Achieve a Healthy and Balanced Life
It’s no secret that as we grow older, we experience more of life’s changes and hardships, including health issues. If we are going to be able to face these unavoidable challenges, we must learn how to be resilient, positive, and strong.
Both older adults and their adult caregivers can struggle with maintaining their physical, emotional, and mental health. This can limit your ability to respond positively in times of stress. How can you position yourself to be ready to adapt and get through a difficult time?
The best place to start is by adding structure to your day. A structured daily schedule can give you a sense of stability and reduce anxiety. It can also support healthier habits with your diet and exercise, help combat feelings of loneliness, and give you a sense of purpose.
Maintain a daily routine.
Wake up at the same time every day and follow a similar pattern.
Practice mindfulness as part of your routine.
Dr. Seritan recommends stretching, yoga, or meditation.
This can give you a time to check in with your family or clear your mind and prepare for your day. It can also be the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.
Get regular exercise.
Whether you walk your dog, perform physical exercises prescribed by a therapist, or use a stationary bike, aim for 15-20 minutes of exercise a day at the minimum.
Maybe you decide that every morning after breakfast, you will call a friend or family member. Perhaps you join a local book or hobby club. Take a class at your library. Find ways to socialize with others on a regular basis.
Find an outlet for your creativity, whether its adult coloring books, scrapbooking, photography, or another hobby. Engaging in creative activities can stimulate the brain, enhance cognitive function, and improve memory.
Get enough sleep.
This plays an important role in your physical and mental health, energy levels, chronic disease prevention, pain management, enhanced immune response—the benefits go on and on. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, consult with a healthcare provider.
Learn something new.
When you take on the challenge of learning something new, you challenge your brain, stimulate neural pathways, and enhance cognitive function. You can improve your memory, foster your problem-solving skills, and boost your self-esteem and confidence.
The PACE program is designed to help older adults age with confidence and resilience. If we can help support your ability to implement a structured daily routine, please reach out to our team.