By Sharon Wagner
If you’re already dealing with mental health challenges, COVID-19 likely added an unwelcome amount of pressure to your life. But whatever obstacles you encounter amid the pandemic chaos, replenishing your emotional energy stores and addressing your mental health needs are positive steps. Start restoring your inner peace with these tips from Zomnir Family Medicine.
Indulge Your Emotions
The bottom line is that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed, stressed, sad, or even happy during a pandemic. Realistically speaking, no emotion is a bad thing — it’s how you handle those feelings that matters. Choose healthy ways to feel those big feels, and you’ll be far better off.
Self-care may sound trendy and self-indulgent, but it’s one of the healthiest things you can do for your mental state. Doing things you enjoy is rewarding on its own, but taking a break from the stress of life can do wonders, too.
Get Professional Help
As beneficial as sitting with your emotions and addressing self-care can be, there are times when professional help is crucial. Check in with your emotional and mental state, and don’t hesitate to seek support when you feel overwhelmed.
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When a loved one shows signs of aging, their living situation is often the first thing families consider. And, if you live far away from a senior relative, you might begin questioning whether now is the right time to move closer.
For many, the events of 2020 and 2021 highlighted how important it is to be close to loved ones in times of need, particularly if there are health issues involved. So, if you notice your senior loved one's health deteriorating but you're unsure of when to make the move, take note of the clear-cut signs listed below.
Their Health Needs Become More Complex
As you age, your medical needs inevitably become more complex. Some common ailments in the elderly include:
Chronic illnesses and a decrease in physical agility also predispose your elderly relative to have a fall in the home. Falls can be catastrophic, particularly if there is no one there to help. In an emergency, such as a fall, being close to a loved one is essential.
Your Loved One Has Become Forgetful
Becoming forgetful is another common occurrence in seniors. In many cases, forgetfulness is a normal sign of aging, but sometimes, it's a sign of a more worrisome problem like dementia.
When forgetfulness becomes a significant problem, some senior citizens forget how to take care of themselves, which can result in issues including:
You're Worried About Their Well-being
Physical health isn't the only reason to consider moving closer to an aging loved one. Loneliness and poor mental health are also common problems for the elderly, particularly those who live alone. It has even been suggested that those who feel socially isolated and lonely could have up to a 26% increased risk of mortality.
If your loved one has mentioned feeling alone, or their mental health seems to be declining, being closer to them may be the best thing to do.
The Moving Process Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
If you've made the decision to move closer to your senior loved one, you might have concerns over the logistics of your move. But, moving doesn't have to be a stressful process.
To remove any additional stress from moving, why not consider renting an apartment or home rather than purchasing a property? You can use a platform like Rent.com to filter searches by need, including senior-friendliness and accessibility, in an in-demand area like Fort Worth. This option takes away a lot of pressure while also giving you the option to buy a permanent home later down the line.
Taking Steps to Be Closer to Your Loved One
Making a decision that is best for your family is always the most important thing when considering moving closer to a senior relative. And, only you know what's best for your loved one.
However, if you notice any of these tell-tale signs, consider speaking to Zomnir Family Medicine to discuss your options.
By: Sharon Wagner
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As I sit here in my little home office going through text messages, e-mails, lab reports and consultation notes, I'm reminded of how much I love and appreciate each and every one of you. I think about you all often, wondering about your diagnosis, a fun trip you're taking, a new baby in your life, a cherished animal you care for, your advice for me and others. It's such an incredible blessing and privilege to be a part of your lives. Thank you again for letting me share your journeys, your ups and downs, your hopes, your victories, your mistakes, your recoveries and everything in between. ~Dr. Z
It's back to school time! Remember to wash your hands often, cough into your elbow, and stay home when you're sick! Drink plenty of water, get some rest, and eat healthy to keep your immune system strong. Good luck! (and...see you soon :-)
Dr. Zomnir is a family doctor who has chosen to step out of the fray and care for patients with love and compassion.