Living with limited mobility may seem difficult to adapt to, especially if you are used to being active.
Whether you’re adapting to life with limited mobility from getting older or from other circumstances, it is still possible to live a full and healthy lifestyle. There are many ways you can keep yourself active and healthy, even if you cannot move around as much as you used to.
The importance of living a healthy lifestyle with limited mobility was outlined by the Mental Health Foundation. They found that those with long-term physical conditions – such as limited mobility – are more likely to experience mental health problems, in particular when failing to live a healthier lifestyle.
At Mayfair Care Agency, we’ve outlined some useful tips to help you adapt to a healthy lifestyle that can improve your wellbeing if you are living with limited mobility.
Eat a nutritious diet
Maintaining a nutritious diet to live a healthy lifestyle with limited mobility is important. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Make sure to monitor your portion amounts too as you will be burning fewer calories with limited mobility.
Try to also aim for a diet that includes protein as it contains nutrients your body needs to function properly. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones, and perform other vital functions.
If your limited mobility is temporary, incorporating protein into your diet can assist in regaining mobility at a faster rate. Protein is found in a variety of foods, including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts and more.
You should also avoid processed foods and sugary drinks where possible. If you have trouble cooking for yourself, Mayfair offers personal at-home care that is centred around mobility assistance. Our compassionate carers understand the challenges that you or your loved one may be experiencing and provide support where possible.
Keep your mind active
With limited mobility, it’s crucial to exercise one of the most important parts of your body – your brain.
Keeping your mind active will help to fight off boredom and loneliness but more importantly, it can help with staving off more serious mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. A survey found that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind, with those suffering a physical health condition being at a higher risk.
How to keep your mind active
There are many things you can do to keep your mind active, even with limited mobility:
- Read a book
- Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles
- Play other brain games
- Find a new hobby
- Listen to music
- Write in a journal or something that you’re passionate about
- Learn a new skill or language
Even if you can’t walk or run, there are still plenty of ways to stay active and exercise.
A recent study discovered that those who exercised over those that did not, reported a 43.2% reduction in days of poor mental health every month.
With limited mobility, some exercises might not be possible, depending on the severity, but swimming, Tai Chi and Yoga are all excellent forms of exercise. It’s also important that you get plenty of rest and sleep in between any exercise to give yourself and your muscles time to recover.
Our mobility assistance care encourages healthy living where possible. Make sure to book a consultation to learn more about how our carers at Mayfair Care Agency can help.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your mind healthy is to socialise with friends and family. This will help aid in staying mentally sharp too.
Social activities are crucial and help to provide those who require mobility assistance with company, friendship and much-needed social support. Look to join a social club or group, whether it’s through a hobby or a sport to connect with a different group of people.
Depending on how limited your mobility may be, you can also volunteer your time to a worthy cause. This not only provides the chance to interact with others, but studies have shown that helping others boost oxytocin and dopamine levels in the brain. Being kind can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate your mood too.
Mobility assistance with Mayfair
If you are living with limited mobility, there are many services available at Mayfair that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle with limited mobility.
Our in-home care services can help with cooking, cleaning, and personal care to aid in your recovery or to ease the burden of domestic tasks. At Mayfair, our empathetic and friendly carers will support you and provide appropriate mobility assistance so that you can continue to live a full and healthy lifestyle.
If you’re interested in our mobility assistance and care services, please contact us today.