Demolish The Power Of Your Anger And Take Back Control: Anger Management

Identifying an anger management problem is one of the easiest emotional obstacles to diagnose. You do not need any special tests to know you have an anger issue. There are millions of people that suffer from not being able to control their anger or patience, but you can get it under control on your own without the need to see a professional.

Understand Your Anger

Anger is an emotion that is completely natural and healthy to feel. You should get angry from time to time, it is only normal. Getting mad from time to time is perfectly fine and nothing to be ashamed of or feel like you have to hide.

When your anger becomes a serious problem is when it begins to affect your life and those around you. What you do with your anger is what defines it as either a healthy or unhealthy emotion. When your anger starts to hurt either yourself or anyone around you, then it is a condition that needs to be treated.

People that suffer from the inability to manage their anger may feel like they have no control over what many call the ‘beast’. They transform into a completely different person that is unrecognizable to their friends and family and they often hurt those around them, both emotionally and physically. When you feel like you have lost all hope and submit to your anger, then you begin to rationalize in your own mind that there is no help and you are just going to be angry forever.

It is helpful to know that once you ‘get’ your anger and understand that it is just another emotion much like happiness or sadness, you can start to take charge and get your life back on track.

You should always remember that while you may feel helpless now, there is much you can do to start to learn how to convey your emotions in a way that is healthy and does not hurt those around you.
Why Anger Management is Vital

When you learn to show your emotions in a healthy way and also when it is appropriate to show anger, you will be able to lead a normal, healthy life. You will be able to have a closer bond with friends and family because they will want to be around you more, and you can get on the right track towards the life you have been craving while living under the cloud of your anger.

There are four main categories in which having excessive anger hurts you. These are mentally, physically, socially, and in your career/school life.

Mentally: Having continual anger towards everyone and everything around you can begin to alter your mental state in many ways. Your anger makes you believe that your actions are acceptable and even justified. You can have difficulties in concentrating on simple tasks, enjoying virtually anything in life, and reaching your goals due to cloudiness of thoughts and lack of motivation. Anger problems have also been proven in the medical field to cause severe depression as well as high stress, which can lead to other physical problems.

  • Physically: Due to the high levels of stress and raging hormone levels, your body is put through the ringer from ceaseless anger. Possible physical side effects include: weakened immune system, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and diabetes. These possible results of constant anger can lead to other serious health consequences such as heart disease, obesity, and stroke.
  • Socially: As a person that is always angry, you will begin to isolate yourself from everyone around you, even if you do not want to. Family, friends, and even acquaintances will no longer want to be around a person that they have to always watch what they say or do around. Lashing out on the people that love and care about you the most leaves lasting effects that they cannot easily forget. It will make those around you begin to feel uncomfortable in your presence, and lose trust in you completely. Over time they will block you out of their lives to protect themselves.
  • On the Job/At School: If you are a person that is easily upset and made angry, eventually it will begin to affect you at work or school. You will lose respect of your co-workers, boss, friends, and peers. Having a bad temper can cause you to easily lose your job, which can then affect you on your next job hunt as you will not have a positive reference from that workplace.

As you can see, there are no facets of your life that your anger will not touch. It will affect you in each and every possible way, eroding away at you until you cannot take it any longer and result to drastic measures.

Step 1: Eliminate Excuses

The first thing you need to do is get rid of all of the excuses that are holding you back from healing. Everyone with anger problems have excuses on why they cannot get it under control and quit their destructive behavior.

  • I can’t control it or keep myself from doing it.” One of the biggest excuses is that you cannot do anything about it on your own. This is a lie that you are telling yourself so you do not have to do the work required. Remind yourself everyday that you can take control of how you show your anger and you can do it in a healthy manner. No matter what situation you are put in, there is always a choice and a decision on how you react and express yourself.
  • I need to be tough to get respect.” There is a fine line between being tough to earn respect and being downright hateful and mean through your anger. You do not need to place your anger on people or things in order to earn respect. More often than not, you are actually losing respect through your actions. Being a bully is not going to earn you respect, only a bad reputation.
  • I need to vent, it’s healthy.” It is healthy to get your emotions out and you should never hold them in. However, there is a huge difference in letting out your anger through a healthy outlet and an unhealthy outlet. Showing your anger through outbursts is actually retroactive and instead of making you feel better about having gotten your anger out, can make you even angrier and cause more harm than good.
  • No one cares anyway.” The truth is that more than likely there are people in your life that do actually care and would love to see you healthy and free of your outbursts and brutality. Once you realize that you can have a support system if you reach out for one, the faster you will be able to heal. When you tell friends and family that you are trying to reform and change your ways, they will be more willing to be around you again to help you on your journey if you are going to help yourself.

Step 2: Investigate and Analyze Your Triggers

In majority of anger cases, there is always a factor that your anger has stemmed from. Such factors include severe levels of stress, traumatic events, feeling unable to express true feelings, and witnessing or living in an angry environment as a child.

When you can identify the root cause of your anger, you can start to heal. If you go through life without trying to get to the root of your anger problem, you will never be able to get it under control.

To be able to begin to manage your anger, you need to examine possible causes of your anger. When you have identified your triggers you can alter those to learn to express yourself in a healthy way.

Say that you use your anger as an emotional cover-up. Being honest with yourself and admitting this can be a difficult step, but it is a necessary one. If you are in a situation where you are feeling nervous, embarrassed, or insecure and your first reaction is to show anger, it is likely you are covering up your real emotions. This can often stem from growing up in a family where it was frowned upon to show your emotions, or where you had parents that were angry all of the time and never showed their own emotions, so that is the only emotion you were able to emote.

While most people think that only outside forces can attribute to their anger, such as an annoying friend or stressful job, there are also internal triggers that you can bring upon yourself. These include constantly finding someone or something else to place all the blame on, and always jumping to conclusions. Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to your anger problem. If you can single out these types of damaging thoughts, you can learn to turn them off and stop living in denial or in belief that only others are the cause of your anger.

Getting in touch with your true feelings is an important step to realizing your true potential and starting to alter the way you feel about acceptable ways to show your anger.

Step 3: Stopping Anger Before It Starts

If you feel like there is no control over your anger because it just comes out of the blue, you are misinformed and that is only another excuse. In reality when you are exposed to one of your triggers, your body exhibits warning signs that you are about to start feeling severe levels of anger and possibly have an outburst. Learning to detect those warning signs and recognize when they are arising, you can stop your anger before it becomes out of control.

Classic warning signs that your anger is arising include:

  • Problems concentrating on anything other than your feelings
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Increased breathing
  • Clenching jaw or hands into fists
  • Feeling tense in muscles
  • Need to move around
  • Knots in stomach
  • Nausea
  • Feeling hot, especially in the face

When you feel these symptoms, you can start immediately with managing your anger before having an outburst.

Another way to stop anger before it starts is by completely avoiding your triggers. For a period of time while you are still trying to get it under control, you should avoid all triggers if possible. Take the time to recognize certain things, places, or people that bring out your anger. If you always get angry around a certain group of friends, or there is a certain bar where situations always bring out the worst in you, try to stay away from them at least until you feel like you can keep your cool.

Step 4: Finding Ways To Tame the Beast

Now that you know your excuses, triggers, and warning signs, you have a one-up on your anger. Now that you know what to expect out of your anger, you can learn methods to use to decrease your anger in the moment.

You can actively reduce your anger in a hurry by using these techniques:

  • Deep breathing: When your blood pressure is rising and your heart rate is accelerated, you can counteract those symptoms of anger by using some deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing physically forces your body to relax and calm down. Take some slow, deep breaths until you feel like you are calmed and at peace.
  • Count slowly: When you take the time to slowly count, your mind has time to re-focus and determine whether or not you legitimately have something to be angry about. You also are able to take your mind off of the thing that is making you angry and cool down faster. Count as high as you need to in order to calm down.
  • Exercise: If you are able, jump on a treadmill, go for a swim, run in place, or go for a power walk. All of these things allow you to clear your mind while getting your pent-up energy out at the same time.
  • Relax: Start some stretching exercises or use a personal massager to pamper yourself and really relax. As you relax you will feel the anger leaving your body.
  • Listen to Music: Music is one of the best therapeutic tools we have. Keep something on you at all times that has music on it, such as an MP3 player or your cellphone, as well as some headphones. Have tracks loaded that you know will cool you down, put you in a better mood, remind you of a happy moment, and allow you to relax.

Once you have used your cooling down techniques, you can then start to think about the situation that made you angry. Chances are that once you have calmed down, the situation can be examined without getting angry again, and you will be able to be rational. Review the situation by examining:

  • If you had a legitimate reason to get mad
  • If it was something important to get mad over
  • If you acted in an appropriate manner

Step 4: Learn to Express Your Anger Healthily

While it is not healthy to have chronic anger, it is also not healthy to hold it all in. You should be able to express your anger, but you have to learn how to do it in a manner that is constructive and helpful to your healing.

First you need to determine exactly what you are mad about. Sometimes if you get excessively angry the argument or outburst can turn into being about something it didn’t originally start off as. You should keep things on-topic. Say out loud ‘I am mad about ____’. It is healthy to let others around you know what they have done to make you mad. Talk to them about what can be done differently in the future. Chances are they are going to agree with you and apologize for making you mad in the first place. All of this is healthy conflict resolution that can have a positive outcome.

Learn to forgive others that have made you mad. It is a fact of life that those around us are going to hurt us eventually, and most of the time it is unintentional. If you have a friend that is constantly commenting on a flaw of yours, maybe they think it is funny and that it isn’t bothering you. So you take that anger, hold it inside at the moment, then have a severe outburst that can be damaging. If friends or family don’t know that they are causing this anger, they cannot fix their own behaviors.

Besides communicating effectively with those around you, you can also express your anger through other outlets. Take up a sport or other activity that keeps you moving. Kick-boxing is a popular activity among those with chronic anger. Choose your activity based on your personal interests and what calms you down and allows you to access yourself and feel better about the progress you are making.

You also have to learn to let things go. Everyone isn’t always going to agree with you or your viewpoint, and it is not something you can control. When you cannot control the outcome of a situation or other people’s views, you should turn the other cheek and move on from the situation.

Be Patient With Yourself and Know When You Need Help

Know that overcoming an anger problem is not an easy task. It takes a lot of willpower and a support system to overcome an anger problem on your own, especially if you have had chronic anger for a long period of time. Do not give up on yourself no matter what obstacles you encounter during the process.

Recognize when you have been trying on your own and your anger is still overcoming you no matter what you have tried. It is not a sign of failure, only that you may need more assistance to help you get over your anger problems. You should always reach out first to family and friends to build your support system.

If you are still not getting the results you need, you should then reach out within your community to find out about programs, clinics, and therapists that may be able to help you through therapies and classes. Often communicating with others going through the same thing as you can help you see that you are indeed not alone in your struggle. Others going through anger management can also give you more methods to try on controlling your anger.

No matter where your anger started or how long you have had it, there is a light at the end and you can overcome it.

3 Ways Artwork Can Help With Stress

When most people think of stress relief, they think of things like exercise, enjoying a good meal or having fun with friends. All of those things are great, but did you know that creating art can have just as positive an effect? Whether it be painting, sculpting, drawing or any other form of visual art, the simple act of making something with your hands is very powerful.

What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy focuses on the creation of visual artwork as a means to relieve stress, tap into subconscious feelings or simply distract the patient from their problems by having them focus on a project. The way that art is used in psychotherapy depends greatly on the individual needs of the patient and the preferences of the practitioner, but in general, art therapy is practiced by qualified specialists who have been trained to use art in this specific way.

Can Art Therapy be Practiced at Home?
Art therapy can absolutely be practiced at home, not only by those with specific illnesses or difficulties, but by anyone who wishes to relieve stress and work on their personal development. Being creative can connect you to your inner-child, make you forget your troubles and even help develop a healthy sense of self esteem. When you see that you are capable of creating, you naturally begin to feel better about yourself. It makes your life feel more meaningful.

How Does Creating Art Help to Relieve Stress?
For centuries, people have been attempting to find peace by quieting the mind, a practice known as meditation. This can be done by deep breathing, focusing on a fixed object or image, or simply becoming deeply engaged in an activity, such as cooking, dancing, gardening or creating artwork.

By starting a daily art practice you can begin to learn to be in the moment instead of always worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. Over time, that relaxation and focus will begin to spill over into other areas of your life, bringing you more peace throughout your day.

What if You Don’t Have a Creative Bone in Your Body?
If you truly aren’t the artistic type, you can still receive benefits from surrounding yourself with the artwork of others. Everyone loves a beautiful picture, and if you see a piece of artwork in a gallery or on a website like www.artismo.com that makes you feel good, chances are that it will continue to make you feel good on a daily basis after you bring it home. Studies have shown that certain colors can have a strong effect on mood, so in order to relieve stress, look for pieces that contain a lot of blue, green, brown, pink, and yellow. These colors can create feelings of tranquility, ease boredom, lift your spirits and inspire you to be your very best. Avoid buying artwork that is composed of mostly red and black, as these colors can be overstimulating and lead to more stress.

Of course, all of these ideas are just guidelines. If you notice that red makes you feel great, surround yourself with it! With an entire rainbow of colors and textures to explore, the possibilities are truly endless. All you need is a blank canvas, some art supplies and your unique mind. Where you go from there is up to you.

Being an avid art lover makes it easy for Nadine Swayne to be a contributing writer for Artismo.com. When looking for a leading provider of artwork and frames for home decor, www.artismo.com can supply you with many fine art prints and frames to beautify your home.

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses: Which Wins?

It’s a battle that’s been going on for quite some time, but what is the answer to the contact lens versus eye glasses problem? Both have advantages and disadvantages that many people on both sides like to argue. Some say glasses are cheaper, longer lasting, and much healthier; others think that contacts give you added flexibility to your lifestyle and are less cumbersome. The truth is, you have to find whatever works for you, but there are several elements you need to consider when choosing corrective lenses for your eyes.

Cost

Eye glasses tend to have a one-time cost that you pay when you first get them and you never have to pay again, whereas lenses can add up to being much more expensive over time. However, keep in mind that if you lose or break your glasses then they will need replacing – often at great expense. Also, your prescription may change over time so you will need to invest in new lenses anyway. If you’re truly torn about which is the best way to go, consult your optician.

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses: Which Wins?Lifestyle Choices

This is where lenses tend to win every time: they are practically invisible, are easy to carry around, and don’t impede your physical activity. Glasses need to be carried in a case because they are easy to break, and you will need to remove them if you’re engaging in any type of physical activity. Glasses are also easy to lose when you do take them off! Even something as simple as going for a meal or dancing the night away at a club can be marred by having to wear glasses.

Healthy Eyes

It’s much easier to get contact lenses with different prescriptions than it is to find eyeglasses that differ; also, if there’s only a problem in one way then glasses are a waste as they cover both eyes! Contact lenses fit directly onto the eye and so increase your peripheral vision, whereas some of this vision is lost with the use of eyeglasses.

However, there is a higher risk of infection with contact lenses as you touch them and place them directly into your eye. You need to make sure the lenses are sterile and that your hands are clean before you do so. Also, after a long day of wearing contact lenses they can begin to irritate your eyes, meaning you may need to switch to glasses anyway. However, glasses can also be irritating as they are a constant weight on your face, nose and ears, whereas contact lenses are largely unnoticeable.

It seems that even though glasses are fashionable these days, the ease, comfort and even the cost of lenses when you can find cheap contact lenses online mean that lenses tend to win hands down! But remember: only choose the option that suits you personally!

Personal Injury & You: How to De-Stress and Decompress

“Personal injury” is a legal term used to describe an injury to the body, mind or psyche, as opposed to personal property. The most common personal injury cases involve car accidents, workplace mishaps and medical malpractice. The first order of business for anyone who has suffered a personal injury is to take the time to decompress from the experience. Once that is accomplished, it is very important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. The following are strategies are effective for dealing with the aftermath of these traumatic experiences:

1. Take time for yourself.
Personal Injury & You: How to De Stress and Decompress

Many people believe that they should continue with work and other activities, ignoring how they feel. It is much better to take the time to recuperate fully. If you need assistance to cover obligations, ask for it from family, friends and co-workers. Ensure that you get proper rest and follow your medical professional’s instructions.

2. Avoid anything that provokes anxiety.

There are a wide range of things that can make people anxious, particularly after a traumatic event. What may have been easy to digest before could now cause anxiousness. Therefore, be aware of how you feel and set the boundaries needed for recovery. Rather than read or watch anything that is depressing, choose to rest or do an activity that you enjoy. As long as the activity is conducive to relaxation, it will work to your benefit.

3. Talk about the situation with a trusted confidante.

Whether your pain is physical or mental, speaking with a mental health professional can be very helpful. Most counselors can provide advice and will listen with empathy. If you have no access to that kind of assistance, choose a trusted friend or family member to confide in. Simply talking about pain and anxiety can help to deal with the situation rationally.

4. Physical therapy/massage as a method to de-stress.

Depending upon your situation, it may be possible to do very light exercises such as stretches or yoga. Be sure to check with a medical professional or physical therapist about what kinds of activities are safe to engage in.

5. Journaling: Therapy for traumatic distress.

Some people are more comfortable writing things down than talking about them. Write about how you are feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually. Journaling is often used in therapy to help people adjust after many difficult situations. Not only is this an opportunity to release some anxiety, but the information in the journal may be used for future reference. A Montgomery County personal injury lawyer suggests that it may also be easier to answer questions that legal and health care professionals ask within the course of treatment/resolution.

6. Lifestyle overhaul.

Create and implement a regimen that involves rest and a healthy diet. Follow the advice of medical professionals by keeping all appointments and taking recommended medications to manage pain and facilitate recovery. If you continue to experience stress, ensure that you seek professional assistance as soon as possible. Too much stress can compound any issue and can compromise the immune system which can lead to additional illnesses and/or disease.

Many accident and personal injury victims are unaware that their pain and suffering was caused by the negligence of another person or company.‭ Lawyers who specialize in p‬ersonal injury can review your situation to see if there is a way to recover damages, to cover medical, living and other expenses. It is also important to note that insurance adjusters represent the insurance company’s interests, not yours. Before filing or settling any insurance claim, speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer to ensure that your best interests are represented.

Heather Shipp is an Atlanta based contributing writer for McMahon, McMahon & Lentz, an accident and personal injury law firm. Any Montgomery County personal injury lawyer within the firm can help you, as they are committed to helping their clients to better understand their rights so that they are prepared to fight for what they rightfully deserve. Having served the Philadelphia community for more than 40 years, the attorneys are aggressive, results driven, and put their experience and track record to work for their clients every time they step foot in court.

4 Common Misconceptions People Have About Overcoming Addictions

There are so many misconceptions about people struggling with addictions. We hear things like, “addicts are only people with weak moral character.” Or “addicts choose to remain addicted,” or “an addict needs tough love to help lead them to recovery.” Whatever the misconception is, there are way too many incorrect ideas out there around addiction.

There are also many misconceptions surrounding the actual overcoming of addictions.

Here are 4 common misconceptions that people have about overcoming addictions:
1. Addictions only affect the lower class.

It is a fairly common misconception that addictions only affect the lower class. Many people incorrectly think that only people that are in certain classes or races develop addictions. That is so far from the truth. People from all races, social classes, income levels, religions, etc are affected by addictions.

It is important to understand the wide range of people who develop addictions. Addictions are caused by many different things, mostly biological. Sure, some environmental factors or life experiences may impact a person’s developing an addiction or ability to overcome, but they are by no means even close to the number one factor.

How does this relate to overcoming addictions? Well, once you understand that addictions have many different causes, you are able to understand that there are many different paths to overcoming addictions. Once you understand that addictions are generally caused by biological responses in a person’s brain or body, you will realize that they are not as easy to overcome as you might have once guessed.

2. All it takes is willpower.

Another common misconception surrounding overcoming addictions is that they are easy to overcome. You hear people say that if the addicted person just reaches inside and finds some willpower, or if they were stronger, then they would be able to overcome their addiction. Again, this is not true! Yes, it does take willpower to overcome an addiction… and a whole lot of it. But it takes more than just willpower to be able to overcome an addiction.

Without willpower, hard work, and determination no one will ever overcome an addiction. But it takes more than that! It takes support, and guidance. Sometimes it requires professional help to help an addict work through their addiction.

3. All it takes is “12 Steps.”

Again, another misconception about overcoming addictions: all it takes is twelve steps. “If we can just get them into a program they’ll be good.” Anytime you hear the words “all it takes” when it comes to overcoming addictions, you know you’re on the wrong path.

Again, every person is different. They have different bodies, different experiences, etc. All addictions are different, and all paths towards recovery are different. It is not enough to “get someone into a program” and then call it good. Addiction treatment programs have proven to be very successful in helping people work through addictions and get on a path towards recovery. But in themselves they may not be enough. An addict will need continued willpower, support, etc to be able to help them through this tough process.

4. If someone stops using the substance they are no longer addicted.

This misconception is so very far from the truth. The truth is, addiction is a chronic condition; it never goes away. Just because someone learns to abstain from the addictive substance it doesn’t mean the addiction has gone away. They are still addicted to it. They can stay away from the substance for any given number of years, but as an addict, if they were to partake of the substance at any given time they could immediately become addicted again. The desire remains, no matter how long they are able to stay away. This means that an addict must always stay away from their addictive substance. There is no casual use in their future.

3 Key Tips for Dealing With Divorce Related Depression

Dealing with divorce or the end of a relationship has often times been compared to dealing with the death of someone that you loved. The life that you had planned together comes to an end and you are left with an overwhelming amount of feelings and emotions to sort out. Some days you’re going to feel so sad that it feels like your entire world is coming to an end. There will also be days where you feel so angry that you want to lash out at the person that hurt you. There could be days where you feel nothing at all. While there is no exact science on how to cope with with the end of your marriage, here are a few tips on how to make things easier for you as you begin the healing process.

Building a Support System

3 Key Tips for Dealing With Divorce Related DepressionYou do not have to go through this process alone. Our Orlando family practice attorney recommends that you rely on your family and friends to help you work through all of those unresolved feelings. There could be someone within those groups that has been through a divorce and could give you some insight based on their experience. Sometimes being alone with your thoughts and feelings will lead you to do or say things that you might later regret. It is important that you do not bottle up your emotions. If you do not have a strong support system then you could always join a support group, or seek a professional counselor.

Finding Creative Ways to Spend Your Time

Make a list of things that you’ve always wanted to do on your own and start doing them. This is a great time for you to discover new and exciting things about yourself. You could learn how to play the guitar, learn how to speak a different language, read more books, take a photography class, or maybe even start exercising more. Finding ways to occupy your mind and body will help to stop you from dwelling on the past. While you’re doing these new activities you will also be out there meeting new people and seeing new places.

Acceptance

Learning to accept that your marriage is now over is one of the most important tools that you will use throughout this entire process. You cannot go back and change the past. No amount of anger, pain, frustration, or sadness is going to bring your marriage back. Those feelings are natural and it is okay for you to feel them. The key is to recognize those feelings and begin to ask yourself why you are feeling them. As long as you are open and honest with yourself, you will see that healing will begin to take place.

Divorce is not death. It is just the end to one chapter of your life. There will be a day when all of this is behind you, and you will feel free to enjoy your life again. Until then you have to go through the process naturally and in your own time.

Chris Bennett is a legal researcher and freelance writer for David Katz who is an Orlando family practice attorney. Divorces are difficult and it is imperative that one seek competent counsel to help you through the process. The law firm of Katz and Phillips call provide the vital support needed to make it through this tough time.

Why Assisted Living Might Be the Best Medical Decision

Your golden years should include more than household chores, yard work and loneliness. Assisted living communities provide a stable social setting that can benefit an occupant both mentally and physically. The quality of your life can be measured by the effort a person puts forth to keep the mind and body fit. Senior living communities hold many opportunities for an individual to do just that. They also host an array of activities that are geared to keep them occupied, happy and in excellent health.

Combat Loneliness and Depression

Why Assisted Living Might Be the Best Medical DecisionAccording to our assisted living Fayettville GA source, there are many factors that can affect your physical and mental outlook as you age. Increased loneliness, retirement, and the death of a loved one can cause feelings of depression, anxiety and anger. Assisted living communities are beneficial in combating depression and loneliness, and you’ll find they offer a number of choices to keep its members active. Golf, Tai Chi, aerobics, weight training, swimming, dance, stability exercises, walking and tennis are wonderful ways to enjoy retirement. Exercise can also increase your endorphins and boost your mood. Even if you’re frail, or you have limited mobility, there are a number of things that you and your friends can do from your bed or wheelchair that will lift your spirits. Some assisted living facilities offer classes on nutrition and health to keep seniors on the path to following the right food choices to feel good.

Stay Connected

Connecting with others can play an important role in keeping a healthy mind and body. Assisted living communities have a wide variety of options designed for senior living. Whether you enjoy bingo, playing cards, chess, or board games, assisted living centers provide a number of activities where people can socialize and make new friends. Some communities even offer trips for seniors to gaming establishments, movie theaters, shopping, restaurants and plays. Other options featured at many living centers include dances, ice cream socials, holiday celebrations, birthdays, poetry readings and glee clubs.

Exercise for the Mind

Keeping the mind sharp is just as important as staying physically fit. Senior assisted living centers combine education and fun by offering classes related to computers, technology, cooking, art and history. Other activities for mental awareness include book clubs, yoga and meditation classes, puzzles, trivial games and field trips to museums, cultural exhibits and local historic places of interest.

Creative Options

If you’re looking to stay active by integrating creative pursuits into your busy day, arts and crafts classes are usually offered. Participants can enjoy painting and wood-working projects to occupy their time. Other options include knitting, sewing, scrap-booking and photo clubs. Assisted living facilities can also work with craft fair organizers to allow seniors to display the items they’ve worked so hard on and put them up for sale.

Life shouldn’t stop just because you’ve reached your retirement years. Senior assisted living communities provide programs and activities that are designed to increase socialization, physical and mental fitness and encourage seniors to get the most out of life and be happy!

Anthony Joseph is a freelance author, and contributing writer for Dogwood Forest assisted living Fayetteville GA. They’re located in Georgia’s tranquil and beautiful Fayette County just far enough from the busy hustle and bustle of metro Atlanta, but not so distant that the amenities will be out of reach. That’s why they created their assisted living environments with the benefits in mind for all.