A few months ago we discussed some out-of-the-box ideas seniors might try to steer their later years onto a more vibrant track if they felt stagnant or lonely. But for some people, the unusual or exuberant can feel like work. For these seniors, simpler steps may have a more profound effect on someone’s outlook.
If a reverse mortgage client or prospect — or any older friend — is feeling blue, consider printing out these ten suggestions and offering them, along with warmth and support, as possible mood elevators:
10 Ways to Shift Your Mood in a Moment
- Call someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while.
- Take a walk in nature.
- Dance (or simply shake your body; it’s invigorating!)
- Walk a labyrinth, an ancient meditative art form. You can find a local one here: http://labyrinthlocator.com
- Watch a funny movie or video.
- Offer to help someone else, especially a shut-in.
- Indulge in a ritual pegged to the time of day. For example, in the morning, curl up with a cup or tea and your favorite magazine; in the evening, listen to soft music before bed with your cat purring beside you, or your dog at your feet.
- Make a mental gratitude list of all the experiences you’ve had that have enriched your life.
- Recite out loud the names of all the people you love, or have ever loved.
Concerned you won’t remember these creative ideas when you really need them? Post the list on your refrigerator door with a magnet. Then write these suggestions on an index card or two (you can abbreviate, such as “Call friend,” or “Gratitude list”) and keep it in your purse or wallet. When sadness strikes, pull out the card and begin a mood-shift moment.
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