Prioritize Self-Care this Autumn from Our Senior Retirement Homes

Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental and Physical Well-being

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Starting a new self care routine doesn’t need to be hard. With a few additions to your daily and weekly routines, your mental and physical well being can be as easy as 1, 2, 3! We’re huge advocates for creating space and time for yourself as when your mind and body are at peace, stress and anxiety decreases.

Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is encouraging residents to prioritize self-care this fall. We’ve compiled a few ways your loved one can incorporate self-care into their daily and weekly routines. Read on for our recommendations!

Physical Exercise

When people think of self-care, they often neglect addressing physical exercise. It’s a common misconception that self-care is all bubble baths, massages, and manicures. Keeping your body moving is imperative not only for your physical health, but mental health too.

One of the best parts of physical exercise is that it offers you some time to connect with others and socialize – which is so important for maintaining excellent mental health! Our memory care communities offer weekly physical activities like armchair yoga, courtyard ball toss (great for eye-hand coordination), and even a dance social! Join us each week for some fun that ticks off both social and physical self-care boxes!

Breathwork and Meditation

With apps like Headspace and Calm and in-person group meditations becoming more common, meditation is something everyone can, and should, do! For newbies, we suggest starting out with a simple breathing exercise to help your concentration. The most common and easiest to master is the 4-7-8 exercise.

During this exercise, start by breathing in for the count of four, holding for the count of seven, and then exhaling for the count of eight. The point is to concentrate on your breath to release thoughts and distractions from your mind during the exercise. We also love a good body scan, in which you go from head to toe releasing any tension from each body part. You can find further great suggestions in this article by MindWorks.

Intellectual Stimulation

A huge piece of wellness is exercising the mind. We can often get so sucked into the physical aspects of self-care that we neglect to flex those mental muscles! There’s so many ways to incorporate daily mental fitness into your routine. For those who love puzzles, daily crosswords, sudoku, word searches, or jigsaw puzzles are a fun and rewarding way to relax your body while still stimulating your mind.

Or for those who love to chat, consider asking a friend to dinner or on a walk with you to socialize and have a friendly debate or conversation. Listening and engaging in conversation are such underutilized skills, and are important to keep sharp! For those who need some moments alone, whip out a great book and make it a point to read a chapter a day to keep reading comprehension and your imagination keen!

Sensory Spas

One of the best amenities in our memory care communities is the sensory spa. Shown to reduce tension, agitation, and depression in individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, sensory stimulation therapy is incredibly effective. Our sensory spa is backed by our knowledgeable and passionate staff who are committed to bringing your loved one in our care the attention, care, and dedication they need to feel their best.

This fall, we hope you sneak in a little time each day for self-care and encourage your loved ones to do the same. From our sensory spa to daily socialization and everything in between, we’re dedicated to bringing your loved one the care they deserve!

Should you like to learn more about our amazing senior living communities, please give our friendly team a call today!

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