Winter means beautiful snow and chilly weather. While many of us enjoy all the joys of the winter season, it may cause setbacks on our overall personal health such as dealing with sickness, feeling the effects of seasonal depression, or not prioritizing your physical health due to being indoors more.
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness are always a priority for our residents, so we’ve put together five tips to improve wellness all through winter and beyond, whether you call Melody Living home or not.
Keeping up your exercise routine can be harder as the temperature decreases, especially if you enjoy going outdoors to exercise. Staying active through the colder months is important to maintain your physical health.
There are plenty of indoor workouts available that you can do in the comfort of your home. Some of our favorites are yoga, seated workouts, stretching, weights, and indoor walks. Melody Living’s state-of-the-art fitness room is well-equipped for residents of all capabilities with onsite fitness experts to assist residents in the use of fitness equipment as well as a variety of fitness classes.
Ensuring you stay warm, even if you are inside, is important. As we age, our ability to regulate our body temperature and stay warm decreases, and the likelihood that you may develop hypothermia increases. Don't be afraid to turn up your thermostat and bundle up with warm blankets, fuzzy socks, and even plush robes. If you decide to venture out in the colder temperatures make sure you wear layers such as thermals, thick socks, gloves, a warm hat, and a good coat.
We all need to make sure we stay hydrated both inside and out. The winter and colder temperatures can cause dehydration, so this becomes increasingly important this season.
Keep up with drinking your recommended daily intake of fluids through water or hot tea if you want to warm up with a hot drink. Keeping your skin and body hydrated is just as important; continuously apply moisturizer each time you feel a bit dry and do the same for your lips and eyes by applying chapstick and using eye drops, as needed. There are plenty of daily planners or mobile phone apps that can help you or your loved one track and log their water intake to ensure they’re getting adequately hydrated each day.
Give us a call today to learn more about Melody Living’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness and to schedule a tour. To learn more about our assisted living community and memory care community, you can contact us at 847.957.7070.