The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered our routines, forcing us to spend more time alone. Many people are also finding themselves feeling worried or overwhelmed due to everything happening in the world at the moment. With so much going on, it’s very important to take care of your mental health. Here are some key tips that older adults can use to feel happier and healthier during the COVID-19 crisis.

Take time to connect with loved ones virtually. 

Even though we can’t physically be together, it’s still very important to maintain the relationships in your life. Reach out to a family member or friend to see if they’d like to connect over a video chat. Digital tools make it easier than ever to spend time with our loved ones, even if we aren’t in the same place.

Schedule regular check-ins with people you care about – not only will it help you feel better, but chances are it will make them smile as well. You can also go beyond having a regular conversation and participate in your favorite activities together using video chat. For example, you can cook the same recipe while talking, or you can even play games if you have a virtual group of people.

Keep up an exercise routine.

Exercising is one of the best ways to keep your mood up, as it releases endorphins and other chemicals in your brain that can help you feel good. Make sure you choose a workout that you love – this will help you keep your motivation up and stick to a routine. Consider joining an online workout group using SilverSneakers. SilverSneakers is a fitness program for adults who are over the age of 65. Many Medicare Advantage plans cover SilverSneakers memberships. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurers to supplement the coverage that Original Medicare offers.

Spend some time outside.

Getting some fresh air and taking in the beautiful scenery around you can be an incredible mood booster. Look for parks or other open spaces near you where you can stay safely socially distanced from others.

Get help if you need it. 

It’s okay to seek mental health guidance during this difficult time, particularly if you struggle with conditions like depression or anxiety. Medicare Part B covers yearly depression screenings as well as individual and group therapy sessions. Talking with a professional can help you feel better when you are feeling low. Most therapists are currently offering online sessions, so you can get the care you need without leaving your house.

It’s very important to focus on your well-being during these uncertain times. Maintaining a strong self-care routine can help you maintain a sense of purpose despite all the changes in our lives. If you’re interested in learning more about your Medicare options, contact Time for 65’s licensed partnered agents. Fill out this form or give us a call today to see how we can help.