As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, it’s easy for seniors to fall prey to “winter blues,” leaving them feeling down and discouraged for no apparent reason. Cold winter weather has a way of dampening anyone’s spirit. Here are a few ideas to help you beat the winter blues and enjoy this season to the full.
Get Out and Enjoy Life
Don’t let winter stop you from getting out and partaking of activities you enjoy. Unless you’re snowed in, and it’s dangerous to go outside, plan some outings with family and friends. Go shopping with the girls or bowling with the guys, take in a movie, dine out with friends or take a stroll in the park to enjoy the fresh, cool air. Winter’s a good time to plan get-togethers with family and friends, catch up on each other’s lives and share happy times together. Drawing closer to loved ones will have you feeling better in no time.
Boost Your Health
If you haven’t been eating, sleeping or exercising as you should, commit to change your lifestyle. It’s easy to fall prey to winter blues when you’re not on top of your health. A healthy diet, proper rest and daily exercise can do much to boost your health and mood. Adding a supplement to your diet can also help improve your disposition by boosting your intake of minerals and vitamins to keep you healthy.
Count Your Blessings
Don’t let cold, dark winter weather rob you of your joy this season. When winter blues start to get you down, stop and count your blessings. Think of all you have to be thankful for — a comfortable home, good food, warm clothing, the love of family and friends. It’s easy to take these things for granted and not appreciate them as you should. Reflecting on the good is a good way to repel winter blues.
Stress can add to the depression of winter blues. If you’re going through a stressful season, find ways to relax and alleviate the tension you’re feeling. There are many ways to reduce stress and pressure. If you’re a nature buff, hiking, biking or walking a nature trail may help you relax. You might also find meditation, reading, listening to soft music, treating yourself to a favorite snack or meal or bathing with essential oils effective in helping reduce stress and anxiety.
Winter’s also a good time to expand your horizons by trying something new. You could enroll in an online painting course, experiment with new holiday cuisine, check out the latest bestsellers or hone your computer skills.
Let us help you beat the winter blues! Whether you need assistance with personal care, meal prep, safe transportation or companionship this winter season, we can help. At Sunny Days In-Home Care, our year-round senior care services can help you enjoy your golden years to the full. To learn more, call 724-260-5186 today.