Mental Wellness Tips for Winter

Posted on: February 9th, 2021 by | No Comments

The “winter blues” affect people of all ages, including seniors at NewAldaya Lifescapes. That’s why our senior independent living community isn’t shy about offering tips and advice for keeping spirits high when the days get dark and cold. Here are some mood-boosting suggestions that you can work into your winter routine.

Healthy Eating

Maintaining a healthy diet during winter is challenging for many people. Lots of popular produce items are scarcer which sends their prices skyrocketing. On the bright side, there are plenty of winter fruits and vegetables you can stock up on – things like pomegranates, cranberries, citrus fruits, grapes, and root vegetables. These foods will boost your immune system, as well as items such as fish, oysters, poultry, and eggs.

Exercise Smart

Even though the temperature may have dropped, you can still enjoy your favorite outdoor activities – with a few extra precautions. Check the weather regularly and dress in layers so you have the option to remove a layer or two. It’s also important to wear a hat since the majority of body heat escapes through your head. Wearing the right footwear is key, and on bright days don’t underestimate the power of the sun. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses with UV protection just in case.

Get Some Sun

The more sunshine you can enjoy during wintertime, the better. Regular exposure to natural light is an excellent way to lift your spirits and keep them high all day long. Also, a lot of people tend to forget that the sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Fresh air is a boon as well, even if it’s just to walk the dog or check your mail. And on particularly cold days, simply open your blinds and spend some time sitting by the window.

Stay in Touch

Even though we’re one of the top-rated senior retirement communities in Iowa, our residents and caregivers aren’t immune to the winter blahs. Occasional feelings of loneliness or isolation are natural in all human beings, especially during winter. One great way to avoid the wintertime doldrums is by keeping in touch with friends and family members on a regular basis. Make appointments to meet for coffee, take a bundled-up walk with friends or family, and set aside time for long phone calls with those you’re especially close to. In a similar vein, going out of your way to take special care of others who are mostly homebound brings joy to you and that person you’re helping. Dropping by for a chat, picking up coffee, and helping them run errands strengthens that essential “human connection”.

Keep Your Home Warm

As we age, it gets increasingly difficult to maintain body temperature – and unfortunately, hypothermia is a very real concern for seniors. An easy way to ensure you are staying warm enough over the winter is to set your thermostat to at least 68 degrees. Moreover, it’s a smart move to confirm your home carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, especially if you use space heaters.

Brighten Your Mood All Winter Long

With a bit of planning, determination, and support from our assisted living center in Cedar Falls, winter can be genuinely enjoyed instead of simply endured. Contact NewAldaya Lifescapes today to learn more about prioritizing your health and well-being during the cold season, and to get a full sense of what our community has to offer.