Healthy Habits for Winter from Our Whitetail Springs Care Community
Stay in your best health this winter!
Practicing healthy winter habits is important all year long, but in the winter time, sickness seems all too prevalent. Here at the Whitetail Springs Memory Care Community in Pittsburgh, PA, it’s incredibly important to us that our residents stay healthy and safe. One of the best ways to do just that is to take care of your own health, not only to avoid spreading unwanted germs, but to lead by example and create healthy routines for your loved ones at home! If you’re looking for some practical tips for keeping yourself and your loved one in your best health this season, take a look at these helpful ideas.
Get Enough Sleep
It’s not always easy to prioritize quality sleep and getting a solid eight hours a night, but sleep is incredibly important if you want to stay healthy in the winter. When you or your loved one don’t get enough sleep, it raises the risk for health concerns and conditions. Additionally, sleep is the body’s chance to fully rest and recover, which is essential for feeling your best! Some great tips for encouraging quality, deep sleep include having a predictable wind-down routine, keeping the environment at a comfortable temperature, and sticking to a consistent bedtime. If you’re feeling really luxurious, consider investing in high-quality pillows and bedding.
Regularly exercising is a great way to give you and your loved one the best defenses against winter sickness. Of course, it’s vital that you assist your loved one in selecting and practicing exercises that are safe for their ability levels. Staying active improves brain health, mood, cardiovascular health, and your loved one’s ability to safely perform everyday tasks and chores, if they are able.
While it may be tricky to get outdoors to exercise in the cold months, there are tons of indoor workouts at your disposal! Take a tip from our Lifestyle Enrichment Director, who keeps our residents moving every month of the year. Try some of our favorite indoor exercises like chair yoga, stretching, and dancing.
Choose Healthy Meals
Opting for nutrient-dense and balanced meals is our recommendation all year long, but it is a great extra layer of protection against sickness this season. If you aren’t sure what types of meals to provide for your loved one, make fruit, vegetables, foods rich in omega-3s, and whole grains the priorities. Right now, you can steal a pro-level strategy from our Executive Chef by taking advantage of in-season, vitamin-packed leafy greens like collards, spinach, kale, and swiss chard. Nutritious meals help keep your body strong inside and out, while also making sure your loved one stays full and has lots of energy!
Making sure your loved one stays hydrated this winter can make a significant difference in their health. Drinking enough water is vital for supporting your immune system. Staying hydrated helps with transporting nutrients in your body, eliminating waste, and digestion. If your or your loved one struggles with drinking enough water throughout the day, try filling up a fun water bottle for them in their favorite color or with a fun pattern or character on it. Help them distribute their water intake throughout the day by encouraging them to take a sip every so often. We are sure they’ll feel great as they stay hydrated!
Keep Connected with Friends and Family
While staying connected with friends and family isn’t as obvious of a healthy winter habit as the other mentioned tips, studies have shown that prioritizing your mental health through socialization is directly related to physical health. And we take this seriously, providing multiple organized opportunities each day for our residents to connect with each other and our friendly team members.
For our friends at home, remember to schedule phone calls with your loved one for you and other family and friends this season. Or better yet, set up some regular visits with family and friends. These relationships are essential for a meaningful and joy-filled life!
Winter is a season of rebirth, but it can also bring some unwanted health challenges. We care deeply about the health and safety of our residents and we know you want nothing more than your loved one to have a healthy and happy season. We hope these healthy winter habits give you some simple tips to implement so you can enjoy your time together!
While our physical health is strengthened by a healthy diet and regular exercise, it's important to take care of our mental health, too! We prioritize our residents' mental wellbeing by encouraging a variety of mindfulness practices. One of these practices, meditation, is a powerful strategy that can lower stress levels and even alleviate physical pain.
We want each of our residents to always feel safe, supported, and happy, and that starts with cultivating social and emotional wellbeing. If you're interested in creating a mindful meditation routine for yourself or your loved one this winter, take a look at these meditation tips from our sister community in Fountain Valley, California: ow.ly/m0sc50QFoVq
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