We all get 2 days of holiday after a hectic week of work. That is to refresh our body and mind and to relive the next week with full energy and concentration. But with aged parents who have retired, may have retired from their physical work. Are we thinking about the mental relaxation that they would require given their mind is occupied with all the old memories and thoughts around it. There might be new thoughts created around old memories which may be enjoyable. What if those thoughts sucks their energy further and tries to take a toll on their health.
Here are a few tips to help take care of the mental health of your parents.
- Listen to your Parents.
Yes, Just Listen. Listen to whatever your parents want to convey to you. Now in this advanced technology, we are able to share our thoughts and feeling through Social media. We can also update our mood to let our feelings out. Let us be the social media where our parents can let out their feelings.
2. Encourage parents to socialize.
Ensure that your parents are not confined to the TV at home. Find a place near to their home to walk out and relax. This would do great help to their mind as well as body.
3. Dine Together.
Dining together was always in our tradition and culture. But with change in lifestyle and inadvertent circumstances, we are forced to lead the present day life. Take time to spend with yours parents at least a week. You could do so daily if circumstance permits. Happy for you!
Play! Not cricket or football. Play chess, carom and other board games. Encourage grandchildren to play board games with their grandparents. It is beneficial for both the parties. Not only does this provide relaxation, playing games like chess with help prevent or delay the loss of memory due to ageing.
Tour. Not abroad. If done, it would be great. At least within the country or inside the state. This would help to bring back the sweet memories of the past or to create new sweet memories with the new extended family.
6. Gift your Parents.
Gifts are not only for younger people. We can gift generously with the best of the gifts to our parents that they need the most. It can be, taking them for eye check to see if their spectacles are performing well. Buy them the sweets that they like the most (of course on doctor’s prescription if required)