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Improving & Maintaining Mental Health
Improving & Maintaining Mental Health

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





Did you know staying energetic and connected with others can help you improve or maintain your mental health? Behavioral health issues are silent in most cases and often overlooked, which could impede your function and limit your lifestyle.

Behavioral health issues are becoming more common in adults over the age of 65, because of emotional consequences such as retirement, loss of status, reduce physical and mental activities, chronic diseases and illness. As you age it’s important to consider ways to improve or maintain your mental health, as it’s essential to your overall health and well-being.

Tips for Improving Mental Health:

  • Exercise

  • Eat nutritious meals

  • Get enough sleep

  • Mindful mediation

  • Write out your feelings

  • Manage stress and reduce anxiety

  • Volunteer

  • Maintain social connections

  • Travel

  • Avoid tobacco

  • Ask for help when needed

Tips for identifying early signs of Behavioral Health Issues:

  • Difficulty remembering details and making decisions

  • Fatigue and decreased energy

  • Overeating or loss of appetite

  • Social withdrawal

  • Irritability, restlessness, insomnia

  • Feeling hopelessness and having suspicion

  • Extreme emotions

  • Alcohol or substance abuse

  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempt

  • Losing interest in activities or hobbies

Behavioral health discussions can be challenging due to the stigma associated with seeking services. However, remember to reach out for help if needed, always consult your primary care physician, stay in touch with friends or loved ones and make time for your hobbies and favorite projects.

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