January is Mental Wellness Month, which is something we care about here at CareBuilders. Mental wellness is about maintaining your mental health, just like exercise is a great way to maintain your physical well-being. Here are some things that you can do to maintain your mental wellness as you age. This is going to of course depend on your abilities.

Find a New Hobby

This is great to do just in general. If you feel particularly stale in your routine or your circumstances change and you need to change your hobbies up. For example, if you usually paint on canvas, try rock painting. Hobbies can even be as simple as walking with friends if you’re able to do so. Taking up a new hobby will keep your mind active and learning. You can even learn a new hobby with friends or your kids or grandkids.

Get Involved in Your Community

I’m a huge advocate for older adults volunteering if they are able to do so. It could be working at the polls, you could crochet and donate to a local hospital. The important thing here is to not be isolated. Any kind of community involvement will work well here. And caregivers can absolutely help with this, depending on what you want. Just talk to the office and we’ll see what we can do.

Establish a Solid Nighttime Routine

Getting a solid night routine nailed down will do wonders for promoting good sleep. Promoting good sleep is vital for physical and mental health. The great thing about this is that you have the power to control this routine. It can be twenty minutes and really bare bones. It can be two hours and include an hour of reading time if you want. There are no rules. For me, I love to take ten minutes once a week to do a face mask. I don’t really care if it does anything, it makes me feel better instantly.

I have more ideas so I don’t know if I’m going to do a part two to this one. Happy new year, everyone! Let us know how you are safeguarding your mental wellness.