As the years pass our energy levels steadily decline which leave many older adults struggling with low energy on a daily basis. This often leads to frustration resulting from not having the energy to do everything they wanted to do. If you need some fatigue battling strategies, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to talk about simple things you can do to give your energy a boost when a good night’s sleep just isn’t enough.
Drink More Water
Even if you don’t feel thirsty it’s important to drink enough water every day. As we age our sensation of thirst decreases. If you wait until you feel thirsty you may already be starting to become dehydrated, and dehydration will tank your energy quickly. Eight 8-oz glasses per day are the general rule, but ask your doctor what’s the right amount for you based on your health.
Get Exercise Regularly
Exercise may make you feel tired, but it will give you more energy in the long run. A short daily walk can go a long way towards boosting your energy. If your fitness level allows, aerobic exercise will give you even more of a boost. Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program to be sure it’s right for you.
When you’re stressed you tend to not sleep well or eat well which leaves you feeling drained. Some steps you can take to immediately begin to reduce stress are practicing prayer or meditation, spending some time with or talking to a loved one, speaking to a therapist, spending time in nature, or even taking up a relaxing hobby.
Improve Your Diet
A deficiency of vitamins, minerals, and protein can leave you feeling sluggish. Protein is a nutrient that is often lacking in the diet of older adults. You can improve your diet by increasing your protein intake, making sure to get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and reducing starchy, sugary, and processed foods.
Have a Good Bedtime Routine
When you don’t sleep well, you don’t wake feeling rested. Sleep issues become more common as we age, so having a good bedtime routine is important. Avoid television and screen time for at least an hour before bed, keep technology out of your bedroom, and keep your bedroom dark and cool but comfortable. Having a cup of herbal tea and reading a book are good ways to unwind before bed.
Keep a Journal
Everyone is different, so not every suggestion will work for everyone. When making changes to your lifestyle and routines go slow and keep a journal to document how you feel after each change. This will help you find what works best for you.
At Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that enables seniors to lead an active lifestyle to improve their health. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.