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Maintaining Good Mental Health into Old Age

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As you get older, you think about how your skin looks. You consider the lines around your eyes and the widening of your waistband, and you have a choice. You either do something to maintain your current fitness and activity level, or you give in to the decline and allow it to wash you away. Mental health should be part of this, even though we can’t see it in the mirror. All of us have mental wellbeing to take care of. When your mental health starts to decline, you need to know a few tricks of the trade to get it back on track.

We ALL Have Mental Health

Mental health is the expression we use to cover your psychological wellness. Every living person on earth has mental health. Emotions that can affect how ill or how well your own mental health is include sadness, anger, guilt, fear, happiness, and others. In fact, there is a theory in transactional analysis that we only feel four basic emotions in a day. Those are fear, anger, guilt, and happiness.

When you start to wake up in the morning feeling sad for no reason, and when you can’t shift the feeling, this indicates mental ill health. You are on a downward slope. A mentally healthy person will snap out of this sadness quickly. A mentally ill person cannot. The sadness, or the anger, or the fear, grows and grows until it is out of control. It can happen to any one of us and at any time. We all have mental health, but not all of us have mental illnesses.

How to Prevent Mental Illness Through Old Age?

It is part of the human condition that our mental health may go into decline as we age. When we realise that we have less life in front of us it is normal to feel fear. When we see that our bodies are not as good looking or as useful as they used to be, and that the world has changed so much from when we grew up. All these things trigger a decline in mental health. These tips should help you combat it as you age.

Get Therapy

Therapy is the best way to combat mental illness. It gives you the tools you need to protect yourself in future. Read through online therapy reviews to help you decide on the right one for you.

New Hobbies

New hobbies stimulate our brain, keep us active, and help us meet new friends. Take up as many of them as you can.

Stay Stimulated

Brain training games are a great way to improve your mental alacrity as you get older. Staving off dementia is essential for continued mental wellbeing.

Speak Out

If you start to feel alone, speak up about it. Call those children or grandchildren, guilt them into a visit, do it. Don’t allow the loneliness to take hold.


Are you fighting fit and ready to work? Volunteering at a thrift store won’t affect your pension and will improve your mental health.

Stay safe out there. More importantly, stay mentally resilient.