Winter Self-Care Ideas at Our Senior Apartments in Lake Charles, LA
Feel Good This Season With Self-Care
What is self-care? The topic has become increasingly popular during the last few years–but you may be wondering, what exactly does ‘self-care’ entail? It can be defined as being mindful of your own needs by intentionally caring for yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally. This means it looks different for everyone, as self-care comes in a variety of forms. The Verandah Retirement Community in Lake Charles, LA offers ample opportunities for our residents to engage in self-care and thrive. Keep reading to learn about a few benefits of self-care and the various forms of self-care opportunities in our communities.
Benefits of Self-Care
It reduces stress and anxiety. Engaging in self-care can help ground yourself and take your mind off of any stressors you are experiencing, in turn allowing you to relax.
It can promote healthy relationships. If you don’t care for yourself, how can you care for others? Engaging in self-care, positive self-talk and self-compassion can help improve your relationship with yourself. By having a positive relationship with yourself, you’re likely to be more welcoming and empathetic to other people, allowing for healthier, easier relationships.
It can increase confidence. Since self-care is all about focusing on taking care of your mind, body and soul and learning to avoid things that do not promote them. By maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself, you will experience positive feelings that will in turn boost your self-confidence.
Self-Care Activity Ideas
Our retirement community offers many ways for residents to engage in self-care. Here are a few ideas for you to try this winter:
Create a new exercise routine. Staying active is a key part of caring for yourself, and the cooler weather makes it difficult to exercise outdoors. Try creating a new exercise routine to stay moving–consider trying out one of The Verandah’s exercise classes–you might just love it!
Bake something. Everyone has a guilty pleasure that brings them comfort. So, why not make yours? Bake yourself your favorite treat, and consider inviting a friend over to share it with you!
Contribute to a cause. Giving back to your community or a cause that you care about can be gratifying and give you a sense of purpose. Plus, it’s a great way to mingle with others. Find a local organization you’re interested in and sign up to volunteer!
Get creative. Expressing your creativity can be a great self-care outlet. Whether you enjoy painting, crafting or journaling, any form of expressing yourself can help you relax.
Enjoy a winter activity. Spark feelings of joy by enjoying a seasonal activity, such as going to a local festival or concert. At The Verandah, we are always happy to provide you with complimentary transportation to local spots! We may even have a group outing on the calendar you’d like to enjoy!
Read a book. Enjoying a good book can be relaxing, and get your mind off of anything stressful in your life. At The Verandah, you have the flexibility to sit back and enjoy a good read from the comfort of your own room, or in a cozy spot within the community. Consider joining or starting a book club to enjoy this activity with others!
Get outside. Luckily, the temperatures in Louisiana don’t get too cold–so get outdoors when you can! Whether going for a stroll around our beautiful grounds or checking out Downtown Lake Charles, getting fresh air and a change of scenery can be very refreshing.
These are just a few ways to practice self-care; others include spending time with family, going to the spa, getting a haircut, and taking breaks from electronics–it’s whatever makes YOU feel your best. So whether you already have a healthy self-care routine or want to find something that works for you, The Verandah Retirement Community offers plenty of opportunities for you to engage in self-care this winter and every season.
One of the best aspects of the cooler months is all the cozy, comforting culinary dishes. With dashes of cinnamon and heaps of pumpkin and root veggies, the possibilities are endless with what you can whip up! At our community in Evans, GA we’re getting creative in the kitchen all winter long! Keep reading for a few of our favorite winter-inspired recipes to try out with your loved ones this year: ow.ly/JZVK50MLbaB
Winter is a great time to get creative in the kitchen with the seasonal flavors. Comforting dishes are the name of the game, but that doesn't mean you can't incorporate some healthy ingredients! Delicious root veggies and warming stews can keep you toasty--and healthy--all season. We can’t wait to hear about all of your new yummy recipes!