Living life in a simple manner can help reduce stress and increase free time and overall happiness. By focusing on the things that matter most to them and eliminating the rest, seniors can prioritize their relationships and favorite activities and spend their days in fulfilling ways.
Here is a list of three tips that seniors may want to try in their own lives to experience these benefits.
Being able to quickly find and access items frees up time and reduces frustration.
A set of nesting drawers in the bedroom or a lazy Susan on the kitchen counter may be the perfect way to remedy small aggravations in a senior's routine and make common tasks more enjoyable, which can help improve the feel of the entire day.
Decluttering is another good way to keep things organized, especially in an assisted living apartment. While getting rid of possessions that are never used and have no sentimental value may be easy, seniors may struggle to know what to do with objects that they still use infrequently.
One solution in this kind of situation is to give items such as a holiday baking dish that's only used a few times a year to a grandchild who loves to cook and is willing to bring it over on special occasions.
Television programs and the internet provide many fascinating things for seniors to watch and learn, and our community calendar features plenty of activities each day for seniors to explore. However, trying to do too much at once can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed.
Seniors can prevent this by remembering that they aren't expected to join every group and that they don't have to watch every program that catches their eye.
While this might be hard at first, seniors will find their days more peaceful after they take careful stock of their time and slowly eliminate things that aren't as important to them.
An example of how they can get started is to try taping a show or movie instead of watching it while it airs. If it's hard for them to find the time to get around to watching the show later because they are more interested in doing other things, then it's likely they can stop taping that show altogether.
Praying, meditating or reading Scriptures are excellent ways for seniors to gain the discernment they need when choosing the best way to live to their lives.
If seniors are struggling with feelings such as guilt over declining an invitation when they know they need to rest or because they gave away a gifted sweater that no longer fits, they may need to step back and spend some time refreshing their hearts and minds.
This period of rejuvenation can let seniors approach decisions regarding their schedules and possessions with a clear head, which makes it easier for them to form plans based on what's best for them instead of emotions.