Everyone gets in a bad mood sometimes and that's OK! The key to happiness is knowing how to ditch the grumpies and feel better. Seniors may benefit from learning some of these mood-boosting tips:
1. Eat something
The term "hangry" refers to when people feel hungry and that makes them angry. It's true, many people's emotions turn negative when their stomachs start rumbling. Seniors may benefit from adding small snacks to their daily diet as a way to avoid becoming grumpy. Keeping even blood sugar can prevent those mid-morning and mid-afternoon lows. If you're not sure what to eat, talk with a dietician or stop by your assisted living community dining room to see what healthy treats are available to you.
2. Get outside
Seasonal depression has been attributed to lack of vitamin D. Your body produces this important substance when you are exposed to sunlight. The best way to help your body amp up its production of vitamin D is to head outside! If it is warm out, take a walk or sit outside where you can feel the warmth of the sun. For those in chilly climates, find a spot indoors that offers plenty of sunlight. Anywhere with big windows will do!
The phrase, "Laughter is the best medicine," may not cure your arthritis pain, but it will probably lighten your mood. If you're feeling down, call a friend who has a good attitude and sense of humor.
"Laughter is the best medicine" for elevating your mood!"
Chances are, he or she will help you cheer up in no time. Watching a comedic movie is another great option, especially if you don't feel like chatting. Queue up a classic like "Funny Face" or dig into some stand-up specials on one of the many streaming services available online.
4. Get organized
Many people are greatly affected by their physical space. This means a cluttered or dirty home can really bring the mood down. Seniors may find they feel much better if they do a little housekeeping. Those who are able can do a full deep cleaning, including handling dishes or running some laundry through the wash. Others may benefit from addressing smaller tasks like going through the mail or organizing an area of their home that is cluttered.
5. Pet an animal
If possible, visit with a furry friend when you're in the need of a mood boost. Petting a dog or cat makes you feel happy and also benefits the pup or kitty! This is why therapy dogs are well-loved and sometimes make the rounds at assisted living communities.