In Olive Branch and elsewhere around the country, people will be celebrating Independence Day, which commemorates this country’s origins as a free nation, completely independent of British rule. Coincidentally, the month of July is Social Wellness Month, so it’s a great time for everyone to increase their social relationships and to celebrate all there is about life which makes it worthwhile. Anyone receiving senior home care should celebrate the fact that they have retained their own independence, and are still living in the comfortable surroundings of their own home. So this coming month, remember to celebrate both your independence and the social relationships which you’ve formed during your lifetime because both these aspects can truly enrich your lifestyle. Here are some ways that you can celebrate life more, and increase your social wellness at the same time.
Help someone else
If you’ve survived into your senior years, you have undoubtedly acquired a great deal of experience, maturity, and know-how about life. Why not pass on some of this knowledge and help out an individual who might really need your assistance? No matter how needy you might be yourself, there will still always be someone who might need help from you, perhaps to get past a recent setback or the death of a loved one. A kind word or just some comforting can make all the difference to a grieving person, and if you can make the grieving process a bit lighter, you will have performed an outstanding service to a fellow human in need.
Appreciate positive things
Of course, everyone has a number of negative things which occur in their lifetimes, and it may seem like more of those negatives creep into your life as you age. But there are also probably quite a few positive things that are also occurring, and you should take the time to appreciate and be thankful for all of these. Maybe you’ve recently been given a new grandchild, maybe you enjoyed yourself at a recent seniors gathering, or maybe your relatives made you feel special by celebrating your birthday. Whatever the occasion was, cherish the thought of that enjoyable experience, because it can provide a warm feeling long after the actual event, and it might even help you get through some darker times.
Maintain social contacts
Good friendships can add a great deal of meaning to your life, and they can sustain you through down times when it might seem like life is growing ever more difficult. It might even be a good idea to try and establish some new social contacts, possibly through your senior citizens’ community group, by reaching out to old acquaintances online, or by reconnecting with family members whom you haven’t contacted in ages. Adding new social contacts is a great way to celebrate Social Wellness Month, and you’ll realize a significant benefit from relating to someone new who might have many of the same interests and the same outlook on life that you have.
Take a fresh look at the world
When you think about it, the world is a pretty remarkable place, and there are endless things about the world that make it worth considering and appreciating. When you’ve reached your senior years, it might be a great time to try and recall that child-like wonder you had ages ago, when you began discovering some of the most mysterious, exciting, and fantastic things about your surroundings. For instance, just look up in the sky and you’ll have a great deal to marvel about. The sun is up there, 93 million miles away, but still providing life-giving warmth to our planet. There are airplanes up there that defy gravity every day, and are capable of transporting people all around the globe. Life can be magical when you really consider it, and you should take a little time to appreciate that magic.
No matter how your life has gone to this point, you have something to celebrate as a senior citizen. You have survived the perils and the obstacles of life successfully to reach this stage of your life, and that alone says something about your persistence and your determination. Be proud of what you have accomplished in life, and stand tall, thinking about what you’ve had to overcome to make it to this particular age. Not everyone will make it to retirement age, and many people who are much younger will be less happy with their lives than you are. You’ve provided your younger relatives with a great role model and example of what it takes to reach this plateau, and you might even become an inspiration to them. In any case, take the time to look in the mirror once in a while, smile at yourself, and congratulate yourself on having navigated the seas of uncertainty, and on having reached the time of life when you can look back and appreciate it all.