Winter is getting closer and closer! The winter season can play a key factor in someone's mood, especially seniors. Some seniors may not be able to drive or if they can still drive they may be hesitant to drive in bad weather. This can leave a person cooped up inside for days causing the "winter blues". Here are some ways you can combat the winter blues this season.
Enjoy as much natural light as possible. Vitamin D actually improves mood. Open your blinds and enjoy the sunshine! If you can, dress warm and step outside on your doorstep for a few minutes to take in the Vitamin D and get a breath of fresh air.
Stay active! Do some chair exercises or take a walk outdoors if weather permits.
Socialize with friends and family. With the current situation, this could be done via Zoom, Facetime, Skype, or phone call. Also, their are many opportunities to socialize and meet new friends in a senior living community. An article recently stated that, "..elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline."10 Powerful Senior Living Statistics
Keep a healthy diet. The holiday season can be a time of sugar overload. Make sure you are keeping a consistent diet of a variety of foods. Staying inside all day can cause boredom and when people are bored, they eat!
Become a volunteer. There are ways you can volunteer at home too! Knit hats for newborns at your local hospital or make holiday cards for your church.
This year is going to be extremely important to look for signs of the winter blues as a lot of people are not wanting to go places due to the pandemic. If you are feeling the winter blues or you have a family member that you notice has some signs of the winter blues, please be sure to try some of the items listed above or see your primary doctor to discuss your concerns.