Self-Care during COVID-19April 10, 2020
We hope everyone is staying safe during this challenging time. Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we are working very hard to keep residents and team members safe, healthy, and protected. We are taking every measure possible to protect our communities from the outbreak.
During this time of social distancing, we are thrown off of our normal routines. Now more than ever, it’s important for each of us to develop a self-care routine that really works, helping to keep us calm and centered. In this edition of the True Blue blog, let’s share some of our best self-care tips!
Keep a Routine
Sticking to a daily routine helps us stay grounded! We are creatures of habit and thrive when we create structures and routines that work well for our wellbeing. Earlier this year, we posted about a great way to establish a morning routine; hop on over to our blog for tips!
Stay Hydrated and Nourished
Hydration and proper nutrition are essential parts of self-care. Caffeine can be dehydrating, so you may want to cut back on coffee. Make it a goal to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Cut back on sugar and go for super nutritious foods, like these superfoods for seniors.
Exercise helps us to stay energized, and helps to improve sleep and lessen anxiety. Gyms will be closed during this time, but many different exercise classes are offered online. Virtual classes offer a great way to stay active even from the comfort of our own homes!
Keep your blood flow moving and stay as limber as possible. Try to stretch regularly (see some of our favorite stretches here!) and try gentle, slow yoga. We love Yoga with Adriene; she even offers a specialized Yoga for Seniors series. Silver Sneakers also offers a 7-minute yoga workout for older adults; check it out here.
Take Breaks from the News
While following the news is important, it’s also important to take breaks. We can easily get overly stressed by looking at the news, inundated by anxiety-producing information. Set limits on how much you’re reading the news. Some people find that 5 minutes a day is enough. If you find that it’s stressing you out too much, you may want to avoid the news altogether and then appoint someone to relay important information to you as it arises.
A wonderful way to stay calm and feel more grounded is through meditation! We can even try short, 5-minute meditations and feel a big effect! For more inspiration, review our blog on mindfulness for seniors. The Insight Timer app is a great option, too, for lots of free meditation resources.
Humor is an essential way to keep our spirits up! Find ways to laugh every day. Whether it’s listening to a funny podcast or watching a comedy, or just telling jokes to your friends over FaceTime, finding humor is an essential way for us to keep our spirits up!
Social distancing means we need to find creative ways to keep in touch with loved ones! Whether it’s phone calls, FaceTime, or Zoom, technology gives us lots of opportunities to stay connected with our family and friends.
We hope you find this helpful! Again, we are wishing you health, safety, and happiness during this stressful time. If you have any questions for our True Blue team, we are here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, too, for updates, and stay tuned on our blog for inspirational pieces. Sending love to all!
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