Your dad has been down for a while. He’s tired of feeling sluggish and sad and asked for your help in improving his emotional well-being. Before you start, talk to his doctor. It would be best if you made sure that he can physically take the steps needed to improve his emotional health.
Find hobbies that your dad finds engaging. He may find that knitting relaxes him while also occupying his mind. If his mind is busy counting stitches, it’s less likely to focus on the things that are bothering him.
Painting is a popular hobby. It’s relaxing and allows you to tap into your artistic side. He might like working with power tools and find he enjoys building furniture. Baking is an excellent hobby for strengthening the fingers and wrists when arthritis is present.
A Healthy Diet
Fueling the body with healthy food options can uplift and energize your dad’s mood. If he avoids processed foods that are high in saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium, it helps. Instead, he needs to focus on whole grains, lean proteins like fish, and a lot of fresh vegetables.
When you’re serving your dad’s meals, the idea plate set up is half the plate has vegetables, a quarter has your lean protein, and the remaining quarter has a whole grain. Avoid processed grains like white rice and choose grains like farro or whole barley instead.
The current recommendation is for people to get 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. If your dad is falling short, it can affect his emotional health. Help him find activities he loves to help him improve his health.
Some exercises, such as Tai Chi, help reduce stress and anxiety and improve muscle tone and balance. Aerobic exercises like Zumba get the heart pumping, lower blood pressure, and build stamina. The music also helps you feel happy, which boosts the body’s chemicals that help fight stress.
How often does your dad get to see people? Loneliness and isolation are proven to affect your mental and physical health. By making sure he can socialize and engage with others, it can boost his emotional well-being.
Having someone you trust with you from time to time eases stress and boosts your happiness. Personal care at home services ensure your dad has help with everything from showering and grooming to companionship and transportation. Call a personal care at home specialist to learn more.