The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimate that 1 in 5 older people experience depression.
Experts advise that to identify whether a ‘down mood’ is becoming a problem, you can ask these questions –
- Are you losing interest
- Is your appetite uninteresting or lost
- Do you often feel restless?
- Have you lost confidence
- Are you more irritable than previously
- Do you often feel guilty
If you have answered yes to any of these points then you need some help to boost your mood. Perhaps getting out and about with support from Helping Hands would be special and enjoyable. Especially if you feel isolated. Being sociable can lift your mood quickly.
Feeling low can lead into a cycle that is hard to escape. Thoughts and behaviour affect emotions and influence our well-being.
Helping Hands support may be the trigger needed. Illness can be debilitating for us all. If we are isolated at home it can be worse. Mobility can be key, especially if you suddenly find it has been reduced. Getting out and about is one of the many support services that Helping Hands provide. They will help you banish the thought ‘my life will never be the same again’.
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Healthguide suggest that exercising not only improves physical health but also your mood. In essence your feel happier afterwards. Helping Hands have 2 Physical Therapy Experts who can devise expert bespoke exercise programmes. So take advantage of their help and support. (information needed)
Easily said but it might be difficult. Sometimes illness can isolate people in their home. This is where relatives, friends, family and professional carers can play a big role. Seeing them and talking can give you a different perspective. It can brighten up your day.
Of course if you can get out and about then this is ideal. Mobility might be difficult but with support it’s amazing what can be achieved when you are determined. It might only be trip into your garden or a short walk, but it will boost your mood.
If your appetite has deserted you then talk to friends, family or carers to get a boost. If grocery shopping is difficult then talk to Helping Hands. They can assist you in a number of ways, including meal plans and food suggestions. Good nutrition provides our brain fuel which helps to balance mood.
So many people benefit from ‘retail therapy’. It does not mean you need to spend a lot of money. Just getting out around the shops and having a coffee can boost energy and emotions. The experience is happier and improved if you are with someone. Helping Hands might be a solution for the lack of mobility or loss of memory. This is another service they offer that helps to boost your mood and well-being.
You might feel that confidence has abandoned you. By gradually undertaking some of the above, you will find confidence returning. In addition, its return brings a feeling that boosts your mood and well-being.
Thinking of extra help to make sure you love living at home or to take care of a loved one?
Get in touch for confidential, caring, professional and no-obligation advice.
Call Helping Hands Care, on 01395 264 767.
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