At any age, taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do. But, it’s all too easy to forget to focus on yourself now and then. So, think of this as your reminder to practice self-care daily to help healthy, mentally and physically!
Here are 5 simple self-care tips you can practice daily!
1. Start a gratitude journal
Time to count your blessings! Gratitude journaling is simply reflecting on things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude journaling helps you focus more on the positive aspects of your life. Research shows that practicing gratitude in your everyday routine increases feelings of happiness and other positive emotions; it can even help improve your health, deal with negative events, and help you build stronger relationships. You can find prompts and guides online or purchase a journal with prompts to help guide you!
2. Take time to relax
People quickly push relaxation time to the side, but retirement is your chance to pause and take care of yourself! Relaxation is proven to reduce stress, which decreases the risks of developing several physical health issues. Whether watching a movie or reading a book, a little moment of relaxation can make a big difference!
3. Make regular plans with loved ones
Whether it’s a friend, family member, or neighbour, spend some time with people you love or someone you just have a ton of fun with! Maintaining an active social life is one of the most effective ways to improve mental health and boost your mood, cognition, memory recall, and physical health. Staying social is especially important if you live on your own. It can be helpful to find a group or club you’d enjoy in your community or get involved in a club in your retirement home!
4. Make time for hobbies
Retirement usually means you have a lot of extra time to spend, which means it’s the perfect time to try new hobbies or pick up old ones you lost touch with. There are so many amazing benefits of hobbies, from mental health improvements to a renewed sense of purpose! Maybe it’s the time for you to try volunteering, or maybe you want to get back into your old favourites; the options are endless!
5. Healthy body = Healthy mind
Healthy eating and physical activity habits can be hard to maintain, especially if you have mobility issues or are struggling with mental health. But a healthy diet and active lifestyle can make a huge difference! There are a ton of meal delivery services that provide ready-to-eat meals or easy-prep meals to make healthy eating a lot simpler. Physical activity can be as simple as going for a 10-15 minute walk each day with a friend or walking group!
It can be easy to let self-care slip away as you focus on other things in your life. At Trillium Communities, we make sure our residents are always taken care of. With chef-prepared meals, hobby-based group activities and physical exercises, self-care won’t feel like a chore! Book a tour to see all the amazing ways we’ll care for you.