You cannot choose how other people act or how situations pan out, but you can control how you react to each circumstance. The only thing you can control in this world is your attitude.
While this may seem insignificant to some, the truth is that your mind has more power than you might realize. Our continuous thoughts and subconscious impact how we feel, what we do, and how we interact with the world around us.
Getting the most out of senior living requires more than just simply participating, engaging, and taking advantage of all the great things your senior living community has to offer. It starts within you. You can get the most out of your senior living experience through the power of positivity.
Throughout our communities, Senior Solutions Management Group strives to help residents get the most out of their all-inclusive senior living experience. Positive thinking can go a long way in helping individuals achieve this goal.
Health & Wellness Benefits of Positivity
Coping with Stress
We all have to deal with stress from time to time, but when you choose to be optimistic and see the positives in a given situation, you are better equipped to handle this stress. Staying positive allows you to form a plan of action rather than dwelling on the negatives or aspects you cannot control.
Strengthening Your Immune System
Every part of our being is connected; our minds can influence our physical health. When high levels of stress and negativity are present in our minds, this can have adverse effects on our immune system. On the other hand, feelings of positivity and happiness can actually improve and strengthen the immune system.
New Scientist shared the findings of a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin:
“The part of the brain the team studied, the prefrontal cortex (PFC), is associated with depression. People who had the greatest activity in the right PFC when asked to dwell on distressing episodes in their life had a markedly lower antibody levels after an influenza vaccination. In contrast, those showing exceptional activity in the left PFC when recalling happy times developed high antibody levels.”
This study concluded that positivity could help strengthen the immune system and its response to illness.
When we are young, we have every opportunity in front of us. It is easy to maintain a positive outlook on life. This is often noticed when children carry on even though they are getting bumped and bruised as they learn how to interact with their surroundings.
This strong sense of resilience can be maintained throughout our lives with the power of positivity. As the saying goes, fall down seven times, get up eight. When we focus on the positives in life, we can learn from our mistakes and grow.
Choosing Positivity: Tips to Get the Most Out of Senior Living
Engage in Community Activities and Events
All-inclusive senior living communities, like Senior Solutions Management Group communities, create an environment full of possibilities. With life enrichment and socialization opportunities, it is easy to engage in the community around you.
Help maintain your positive attitude by participating in physical activity through community events and forming meaningful relationships with other residents in your senior living community.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
It is easier to stay positive when your body is nourished properly. Our senior living communities offer delicious, restaurant-style meals that cater to specific health concerns and preferences. Get the most out of your senior living experience and reap the benefits of positivity by fueling your body with the nutrients it needs.
Start Your Day with Gratitude
The way you start your day can set the tone for the rest of it. Taking a few moments each morning to reflect on what you are grateful for in your life can put you in a positive mindset for the rest of your day.
A simple way to do this is by keeping a journal. When you wake up, reflect and notate all the things you are grateful for in your life.
Getting the most out of senior living and the power of positivity go hand in hand. When you maintain a positive outlook on life, you are more likely to lead an active, healthy lifestyle full of life-enriching experiences. To learn more about how our communities can enhance your lifestyle, contact a member of our team or visit our website.