Winter is settling in and it can all feel a little gloomy sometimes. Here are some strategies to improve your well-being over the darker, colder months.
- Get out of the house each day, even if it is just to stand outside the front door and breathe in the fresh air.
- Find something that makes you laugh.
- Say “no” to things you don’t want to do.
- Give yourself a healthy treat and remind yourself you have worked hard and deserve it.
- Clear the clutter – even if it is just one drawer.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff, some things really aren’t worth getting upset about.
- Put on your favourite music.
- Eat a healthy lunch (and an afternoon snack).
- Pause for a moment and think about what your senses are experiencing through taste, touch, smell, sight, sound, appreciate and enjoy the moment.
- Move your body, just stretching your arms up or legs out can feel good.
- Connect with a friend or relative.
- Add more light by letting in natural sunlight when possible and turning on the lights.
Be proactive about your health and get your flu vaccine and ask your loved ones to do the same. If you are coughing or sneezing, please do not share your illness with others, and especially do not attend activities, events or visit the Manor or Lodge.
The flu or a nasty virus may only cause a mild cough, sneeze or loss of voice in a healthy person, but that healthy person with very mild symptoms can still pass that flu or virus onto someone more vulnerable who will end up with severe symptoms and illness.
Please don’t use the “it’s just a cold” excuse and still socialise in the Village while you are unwell because your “cold” can be much worse in someone else. It is also very important that you notify anyone who is visiting your unit that you are unwell, Hostesses, nurses and maintenance staff need to know if you are sick so they can protect themselves before they come into your unit.
Stay well, stay warm and enjoy the lovely fresh winter air.
Til next month.
Kim Jackson, Executive Manager