Friday, 27 November 2020

A Senior's Guide To Self-Care This Winter

 As winter approaches, so can healthcare challenges for seniors. This can be challenging, especially with COVID-19 cases hitting an all-time high. Whether you’re a senior looking for some guidance or a caretaker trying to find ways to minimize health risks, it’s still important to make this an enjoyable and fun season.

 Here is a guide to keep you feeling your best this winter season.

 Create Healthy Habits

You might have heard the phrase, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but creating positive habits are the foundation of living a healthy and longer life. Habits grow stronger over time, so make sure you’re developing the right kind. One way to create healthy habits is to make a plan and identify areas where you struggle. This will give you a better idea of what unhealthy patterns are affecting you.

 Habits like your sleeping pattern can have a great impact on your health, so if you’re struggling to go to bed at a reasonable time, then try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. Having a strict sleeping schedule will help set your internal clock and give you the best quality of sleep. It might not be easy at first, but be patient and reward any small successes.

 Stay Active

Exercise is an essential part of maintaining your health, but it also plays a major role in maintaining your mental health. If you have spent the majority of the pandemic indoors, you might have found yourself becoming somewhat of a couch potato, which can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Start small with your exercise goals, especially if you struggle with movement. With the winter months approaching, you might find it too cold to go for a walk around the neighborhood but you can walk around your house. You can even set up a home gym to help create some motivation. Equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills are great for targeting that cardiovascular exercise you might need.

 Focus On Your Diet

You are what you eat, and if your diet consists of overly processed and fatty foods, you are doing yourself a disservice. Proper nutrition is an area where most seniors struggle to get right. Especially if you require a specific diet due to your medications or health restrictions, and although it might seem easier to go to your favorite fast food places for dinner, you should be prioritizing healthy foods.

 If driving or getting to your local grocery store is a challenge due to lack of transportation or if you’re at high risk for COVID-19, there are alternative opinions for you. Every community offers Meal Delivery organizations (or websites) which are easy to use services that offer healthy meals. They also come straight to your door, so there is minimal to no contact needed. Your body needs good foods in order to fight off diseases and help you feel good.

 Do Things For Yourself

What makes you happy? If you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, then this is the perfect time to pick some old hobbies or start new ones! Journaling or knitting are all fun ways to express yourself while at home. You can even find virtual events like a book club online to meet new people and socialize.

 Use this time to even buff up your overall look. If you struggle with insecurities like male pattern baldness or wrinkles, then talk to your doctor about hair loss medication or browse the internet for the latest in skincare. It’s important to treat yourself every once in a while. Try to change up your everyday look by adding some fun and vibrant colors back to your wardrobe. Getting dressed sets the tone for your day, so make sure to add the fun to your everyday life.

 Self-care can mean a variety of things, and whichever way you implement it, make sure you’re prioritizing it this season. Wintertime comes with a lot of challenges for seniors, so take care of yourself during these cold and uncertain times because spring is right around the corner!

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