Fun Self-Care Tips for our Retirement Communities in California
Learn how to treat yourself right and live your best life!
Self-care is any habit you can create that helps you to keep yourself healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. Learning to take care of yourself is important in all phases of life. Here at our California Senior Retirement Living Communities, we highly prioritize our residents’ social and emotional wellbeing as well as their physical health. Keep reading to see some self-care tips we think you’ll love to try!
Luckily for you we live in the beautiful state of California, where it’s completely feasible to be outdoors during every season! Making time to get outside each day, even for a short while, can have numerous positive effects on our health. Being outdoors can improve your mood, lower your feelings of anger or stress, and help you more easily see the beautiful nature around you. Wondering what types of outdoor activities you could do for self-care? A simple and short walk, a picnic with family and friends, or sitting on a bench sipping tea at a nearby park could all be great options. Being outdoors, whether you’re quietly listening to birds chirping, observing colorful, and vibrant flowers in bloom, or smiling at a passing stranger can do wonders for how productive and satisfied you feel in your day to day activities.
Staying healthy includes prioritizing both physical activity and exercise as well as incorporating a balanced and nutritious diet. Staying healthy is an act of self-care because it communicates that you respect and love your body and want to give it the best chances at staying strong and resilient! If you need ideas for physical activities that are accessible, consider any of the following: walking, swimming, gardening, seated yoga, and stretching. Physical activity and exercise release endorphins, also known as the “feel-good hormones”, which act as an instant mood booster. When looking for ways to improve your eating habits for self-care, do your best to get a source of protein in each meal to optimize your health. The options for fruit and vegetable snacks are endless, so make sure you eat lots of those too!
Relax and Rest
Last but certainly not least, to truly benefit from self-care activities it’s important to recover and recuperate. This rest and relaxation can be physical or mental. Some types of physical rest and relaxation include taking naps when tired, doing a stretching routine or taking breaks throughout the day when you need it. In the mental arena, taking time for relaxation or rest can be in the form of meditation, gratitude, or journaling. Taking time in the evening to write your thoughts and goals, or to simply jot down great things that happened that day can dramatically improve confidence, fulfillment, and overall quality of life. While it can be tempting to shrug off taking time for rest and relaxation, it’s truly the most important component of self-care.
At each of our California Retirement Communities, we know that self-care can be a little daunting or confusing to navigate at first for yourself or a loved one. As you continue to work at it, we know you’ll see the amazing benefits of cultivating some strong self-care habits and routines! We hope these tips were helpful for you in your journey.
We all want to start our days on the right foot, and prioritizing a well-balanced breakfast is a great way to make sure you have energy all day! Our residents have access to healthy breakfasts every day of the week, but for our friends at home, one easy way to add a nutritious punch to your morning meal is by adding spinach to a simple scramble.
It is extremely easy to make for yourself or a loved one if you’re short on time in the morning. Simply heat up a nonstick pan, add your eggs, some spinach, and a little of your favorite seasoning (we love everything bagel seasoning)! Turn the eggs occasionally to cook them through, and you're ready to eat.
If you have more time, you can add cheese or avocados too!