Finding your way back to “normal” post-pandemic
We recently read an article on CNN.com from Kaiser Health News that addressed the challenges many older adults are facing after a year of being shut inside and lack of activity.
It’s no secret - the past year has taken its toll on many of us; however, proactively addressing the resulting physical and mental issues is paramount to minimizing the long-term effects on your overall health and wellness.
Here are some key points offered by experts to address the challenges:
- Schedule a visit with your physician. If you’ve put off seeing your physician during the pandemic, now is the time to get back on track.
- Assess your current level of functionality. If you’ve noticed a decline in your ability to do “ordinary” activities or things you did pre-pandemic, tell your primary care physician.
- Can physical therapy help? Ask your doctor for a referral if you need help with regaining balance, strength or general movement.
- Get back to your routine. Do the things that you’ve always enjoyed – walking, gardening, exercise, etc. – just remember to start slow and gradually increase your activity. Daily routines like waking up, eating and going to sleep on a schedule are also important for supporting cognitive wellness.
- Fuel your body. A well-balanced diet is just as important as physical activity. Physical activity of any kind requires that your body is properly fueled for performance.
- Be social. Social isolation has been a huge contributor to loneliness and depression during this time. Seeing family and friends face-to-face is strongly recommended to begin the process of re-engaging and lifting your spirits.