Top Self-Care Tips for Spring at Our Retirement Living Communities

Give some of our favorite tips a try this spring!


While many of us relish the transition from winter to spring, with warmer weather creeping in and longer days, it can be a really great time to take stock of your self-care routine. From practicing gratitude to eating well, keeping a clean space to incorporating a social routine, we have created a list of our top self-care tips for spring. Whether you’re a resident in one of our amazing Sunshine Retirement Living communities, a loved one of someone in our care, or considering our community for your future retirement plans, we hope you find a tip or two that resonates with you.

Eating Healthy

One of the best ways to practice self-care is to adhere to a diet that keeps your mind and body healthy. When we say diet, we don’t mean a restrictive diet – we mean a general way of eating. The best diets typically adhere to the 80/20 rule. The 80/20 rule means that 80% of the food you eat each day should be nutrient-dense, clean, and beneficial to your health. 20% of your diet can be dedicated to a treat or something that you eat because it’s a craving. This should be the overall goal, though if your doctor prescribes a specific medically necessary diet that doesn’t adhere to this rule, you should always follow your doctor’s orders instead. For those in our communities, we have amazing, 24/7 chefs who cook meals in line with the MIND diet. Inspired by the Mediterranean way of living, this diet is focused heavily on brain health.

Embrace Transitions

For some, particularly those who are more empathetic or sensitive, transitions can be challenging – even going from season to season. The passing of time can cause a sense of grief or mourning for the past, and it can be difficult to find the energy to put one foot in front of the other. This is where gratitude can come in handy. Take a few minutes each morning or evening to write down at least one thing you are grateful for and why. It can be as simple as the warmth of the sun or a cup of tea that really hit the spot. When we take some time to acknowledge the things that make us feel good and happy, it can be easier to find the good parts of transitions. Consider creating a small journal for your gratitude practice and keeping it beside your bed to easily write in after waking up or before bed.

Clean Up

While cleaning might not sound like self-care because it seemingly has more to do with objects than humans, it’s actually one of the most beneficial forms of self-care around. Think about how wonderful a clean, organized home feels, and how it can make your daily life significantly easier. Simply taking a few minutes each night to put items in their proper place can lessen stress in the morning when getting ready for the day because you know exactly where to find your glasses, wallet, keys, or that cozy sweater you love to wear each morning. Spend a couple hours a week giving your space a thorough clean. Dusting, wiping down surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner, watering and pruning your houseplants, and vacuuming up dust-bunnies can keep your home in tip top shape. This routine can also prevent you from getting sick or aggravating your allergies, while simultaneously keeping your mind in its best state.

Be Social

No matter how introverted you might be, everyone needs a little social interaction to keep their spirits lifted. In fact, it’s proven that interaction with others can improve your mental health, relieve stress, and even promote healthy eating or physical activity! If you’re naturally outgoing, this self-care tip might be very easy to incorporate, or you’ve already incorporated it without knowing its importance. If you happen to be on the shyer side, don’t worry. Think of solo activities you like doing, whether it’s hiking, reading, knitting, cooking, or even just watching a movie. Then, schedule a date with a friend or neighbor to do one of these activities with the understanding that there will be no pressure to converse or even interact a ton. You’ll find that once the pressure is taken off, it can be much easier to naturally get to know one another. Don’t be afraid to walk in silence, or even decide that person isn’t the right fit for the activity and invite someone else the next time. It’s all about incorporating social activity that feels good to you.

If you are interested in learning more about our wonderful Sunshine Retirement Living communities, please give our friendly team a call today!

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