Best Senior Living: Tips to Overcome the Winter Blues

wintersportsHaving a difficult time getting yourself motivated following the holidays? You’re not alone and with just a little effort, you can turn your free time during winter into something new and exciting. Here are some things you might try:

  • Exercise. Get your blood pumping and get a better attitude about everything with daily exercise. It can improve your body and your mind. Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay fit – try a mall if you’re looking for someplace ice-free.Read a good book. Do a cross-word puzzle. They keep your mind working.
  • Find a new hobby. Try something different. Look into your town’s adult education opportunities and learn something fun.
  • Socialize. Don’t hibernate. Encourage yourself to go out either with friends or to meet others at community centers, your church or synagogue or a lecture at your local museum or library.
  • Color your home with flowers. Start plants inside. Daffodils, tulips and hyacinths start well inside. If you don’t have a green thumb, buy some pretty plants or flowers for your home.
  • Soak up some rays. Let the sun shine on you for at least 15 minutes a day. Many people are affected by the lack of sun and daylight during the winter months – we still need to get our Vitamin D.
  • Simplify, simplify, simplify. Take time now to bring order to your life. Reorganize and clean out closets, dresser drawers and desks. Shred documents you no longer need. Give things away to charity.
  • Watch what you eat. People tend to gain weight during winter. Avoid heavy pastas and soups. Try comforting beans, lentils and other tasty legumes instead. They make hearty meals without heavy calories.
  • Get those indoor projects done. Look around and see what indoor projects you can to work on. You’ll feel better when you cross a long-needed project off your to-do list.