Embracing Life: Navigating the Shadows of Suicidal Thoughts
“When the going gets tough, lean on those who’ve got your back.” – Unattributed
Anchoring Hope in Troubling Times
Dwelling on ending one’s life, much like other mental wellness issues, can impact anyone, no matter their background, gender, age, or race. Dubbed suicidal ideations, they’re distressing, yet quite common. Yet, it’s crucial to remember that they should never be brushed off as just another feeling. They can be indicative of deeper struggles.
#1. Laughter is a Natural Painkiller
#2. Laughter Strengthens Your Heart
#3. Laughter Protects Against Disease
The more you laugh – the more positive you live your life. A study conducted at Harvard University revealed that the more you laugh, the more positive approach you take toward life and the fewer chronic illnesses you might develop. On the flip side, those who take a negative approach to life, have a higher risk for developing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or high blood pressure (hypertension).
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#4. Laughter Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Do you suffer from hypertension? Try laughing aloud to lower and maintain healthy blood pressure. The University of Maryland School of Medicine conducted longitudinal (long-term) studies which found laughter is associated with a decreased risk of stroke and heart attack. A good belly laugh heats up and then cools down your stress response and at first it raises your heart rate and then lowers it, resulting in a very relaxed feeling.
#5. Improves your Mood
Some people experience depression, especially those suffering from chronic illnesses. Since laughter lessens your stress level, depression, and anxiety, it automatically puts you in a better mood. Being in a better mood can also improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Imagination Has No Age
According to a study conducted by “The National Institute on Aging” (NIA), a healthy dose of “imagination” helps our seniors remember when to take their medications and to follow the advice of their healthcare providers.
As we age, our bodies depend on exercise to stay strong and fit. The old saying “if you don’t use it…you’ll lose it” happens to be true. The same goes for the mind. Older people must exercise their brains through mental stimulation to make sure they stay sharp and avoid cognitive decline.
Why Mental Stimulation Is Important
Keep Our Seniors Connected
Something as easy as engaging in conversations with people daily can help you maintain your cognitive abilities. Furthermore, keeping a commitment to engaging in conversations will help you to stay connected with those you care about. Whether it is Facetiming or calling a friend, grandchild, child, etc., reminiscing about the wonderful memories you share, and taking the time to do it, will keep you mentally sharp.
Improves the Quality of Life
Stress can negatively impact your overall health and wellness, and combating stress with mental stimulation is a fantastic way that will increase your chances of living a happier and longer life.
Dreams are Forever
Do you picture lazy days on a hammock in the Bahamas? Maybe you have decided on a life of travel to all 424 National Parks in America. Or you will finally finish that science fiction novel you started months ago.
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- Port and explore many destinations all over the world
- Watch a sunrise and sunset view along with the enormity of the deep blue sea surrounding you.
- Stuff your face with all-you-can-eat dining
- Go to the Movies
- Partake in the Cruise’s casino activities
- Enjoy room service
- Take in the salt water and ocean breeze
- No need for dragging luggage
- No driving
As we become older it is simple to just let life lead us rather than us leading our lives. We can’t live our lives on ‘auto pilot’. It’s not just another day to follow the status quo or to let the status quo become our lifestyle. It’s time to realize whether or not we are allowing age to steer us away from following our dreams or setting new goals. “It’s time to kick off the autopilot and follow our dreams for setting new goals, going to new places, and enjoying every minute we have left on this beautiful planet!”
***Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have with your provider.***
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