Minding your mental health as you age
Taking care of your mental health is essential at any age. Learn how to better take care of yourself with this video.
As we age, I think it's really important for us to state that regardless of your age, and that any age, we all deserve the opportunity to live
to our highest potential and to our full potential.
What advice do you have as we age in terms of how we need to pay attention to our mental health?
We should never excuse aging as a process to accept less, not for our health or our mental health.
But also, using age as a welcome tool in which we have learned different skills in which to cope, and most likely,
cope better with our mental health concerns. Using that to also question, have we always
been coping appropriately, and are there things that I should be changing because it has not worked over the years for me.
So paying attention to the little things and to the big things as well, but at the baseline, knowing that once there is a reduction in how we cope
with stress, how our physical and emotional health is changing, our key is to say we need
to pay better attention to our mental health and then seek help, with the explanation that it's regardless of age that we choose
to be in our best physical and emotional health and well-being space. What's the interface between mental health and teaching,
in your opinion? As you get older, your body doesn't move like it normally would. So that makes you think about, as you
get older, what things that you used to, couldn't do. So you may grieve those particular things.
Or you may think about death a little bit more. As you have kids, then they get older or you have grandchildren, you start
to understand that we can't live forever. So that can definitely play a major role into the way you look at life.
You may get anxious about those particular things, or some people may even get depressed about those things. But then also, when we age, we look
at the world completely different because of our different experiences. And we understand different aspects of ourselves.
Even as you age, you may not hang around the same people that you used to hang with, or you may need other things
to fulfill your life than you did when you were younger. So all of these different things can be stressors on you,
but then also understanding how to cope with those particular things, and understanding what do you need to do differently to be able to address those issues.
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