Winter Blues


 

Bette Davis once said that old age is no place for sissies and to that we respond, "Neither is winter." When you put the two together, you can be in for the bumpy ride. In addition to a host of serious hazards including increased fall risk, chance of hypothermia, more illness and hospitalization and many other issues, winter can just be so soul-crushingly dull.​

Whether you're a senior or caring for a senior, you've probably experienced being completely housebound for one reason or another during the winter. It doesn't take long to feel like you're climbing the walls, but there are some things you can do to keep your spirits up while you wait for spring to arrive:

  • Indoor exercise: From tai chi and yoga to chair exercises for people with mobility issues, there are options for every fitness level. You can find lots of ideas and motivation to get started here.

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: We know, we know, it seems like this is the answer to everything, but a healthy diet really does have an impact on how you feel. Plus, lots of nice, fresh produce will bring back a taste of summer.
  • Grow houseplants: Studies show that nurturing plants is a mood booster and having lots of greenery around will also make you feel less dormant.
  • Develop some indoor hobbies: Scrapbooking and adult coloring have really taken off as popular pass times in recent years – and they're a good excuse to turn away from the TV or computer screen. There are also plenty of great indoor hobbies that help with memory and cognition.
  • Practice mindfulness: Since you won't be going anywhere for a while, it's a good time to train yourself to live in the moment. Studies show that practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and has a positive impact on overall health and well-being.

There are plenty of great ways to stay positive during the winter months. We'd love to read yours in the comments. Of course, if you are experiencing serious depression, please talk to your healthcare provider.

For more information about the health and well-being of seniors and their caregivers, please contact us!

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