It’s been said that human beings are creatures of habit. We’re wired to want security. A habit is a groove that gets ingrained in the brain so it becomes familiar, and when something becomes habitual, it’s almost effortless. Some say it takes 21 days to form a habit, but when people tried putting the 21-day theory into practice, it didn’t work. In actuality, the time it takes to form a habit depends on each individual’s personality and circumstances. Here are some of the best and worst daily habits for seniors. When it comes to setting healthy habits, having support, encouragement and guidance from a caregiver can certainly help.
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- Being glued to the tube – While watching television can be fun, intriguing, and informative, it’s not truly fulfilling. Although it can serve as a time filler or companion, there are more rewarding ways for seniors to spend their time.
- Settling into a comfortable seat – “Sitting disease,” as it’s called by many, can lead to other serious ailments, such as cardiac disease and diabetes. It can also result in a shorter life. Those who sit for more than 6 hours a day have shorter life spans than those who sit for less than 3 hours every day.
- Holding on to grudges – Studies show harboring ongoing resentment increases the risk of heart disease. The health hazards of holding a grudge also include an impaired immune system, hair loss, wrinkles, pain disorders, stomach ulcers, an elevated heart rate, and high blood pressure. People who hold grudges tend to be sicker than those who keep the peace.
- Eating unhealthy food – “Gluey” foods are those that increase cholesterol. One of the problems with high cholesterol is that it’s a “silent disease.” There are no clear signs of it, and it’s only detected by blood tests. Those with high levels of LDL, the lethal cholesterol, are at much greater risk for heart attack, stroke, angina, and peripheral vascular disease. Seniors should avoid unhealthy fats to reduce their bad cholesterol.
- Complaining constantly – Chronic complaining is a bad habit that drains not only the complainers but also those around them. Constantly finding fault with life leads to anxiety and depression. Complaining also makes things worse than they really are because it emphasizes the negatives.
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- Holding on to hobbies – A fun hobby can be a great way to exercise creativity. Doing puzzles and brain games can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Knitting, tatting, and crocheting get the creative juices flowing. Seniors can even try indoor gardening.
- Getting regular exercise – The Seated Whole Body Pedaler is an exercise machine that can be used while seated in a chair, and it’s just one example of a senior-friendly device. Chair exercises can also be performed by following along with videos.
- Forgiving and forgetting – It’s important for adults of all ages to learn to forgive those who are close to them. The benefits of forgiveness include decreased stress, depression, and frustration. By forgiving, we do ourselves a favor.
- Eating healthy – It’s a good idea for seniors to incorporate healthy amounts of soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, mono- and polyunsaturated fats, green and black tea, and tomatoes into their diets.
- Being grateful – Being habitually grateful has many benefits. It keeps seniors motivated, productive, and energetic. It always helps to try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
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