Putting Yourself First: Five Tips to Make Self-Care Part of Your Routine
Once upon a time, self-care was considered trivial at best. But recent years have seen self-care earn some well-deserved love from many physical and mental health professionals. (We’re pretty big fans, too!)
A quick Google search for “self-care” turns up page after page of helpful suggestions and impassioned pleas for readers to step up their self-care and thrive. Much of this conversation stems from the topic of work-life balance, but the need to be kind to and conscious of ourselves simply does not cease with our working life. If anything, self-care becomes more important as we age and our needs change.
Holiday Retirement communities are built to support independence and encourage self-care at every opportunity. From healthy meal options to ample social activities and opportunities to flex those muscles — physical and mental alike — we do everything we can to help our residents make the most of their retirement years.
Even if you’re not in the practice of routine self-care, we can help you get there. Successful self-care is all about small changes that have a big impact. The first step is all mental. You have to give yourself permission to engage in the small acts that will serve your greater self. Author and Lifehacker contributor Kristin Wong has the perfect perspective to get you there. Anytime you start to think of an act of self-care as anything but essential, remember her words: “Self-care is not a reward. It’s part of the process.”
With that in mind, try incorporating some of the following self-care practices into your routine — some of them may surprise you!
Okay, yes, this is a common bit of advice, but it’s also a good one. Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle will help keep you fit and happy — those endorphins are just waiting for you to join a class or take a few laps around the grounds. And while you’re at it, engage in mental exercises, too! Puzzles, games and books all give the brain a boost.
Whether you opt for a fresh haircut or a fresh toothbrush, make sure you treat hygiene, routine and otherwise, as an opportunity to show yourself the kind of care you deserve. If you’re not already on the schedule, make an appointment to visit a hairdresser on the next community visit..
Enjoy a ‘Should-Less’ Day
You could say that legendary actress Ellen Burstyn has had several busy decades. And, curiously, it’s her love of staying busy that has given her one of the best self-care tips we’ve ever heard. As she explained in an interview, she slows down by treating herself to occasional “should-less” days. On these days, she kicks the word “should” to the curb and says, “Today is a day where there’s nothing I should do. So I only do what I want to do.” That’s an idea we can get behind!
See the Good People
Sometimes, good company is the best thing we can do for our overall well-being. Older adults, in particular, enjoy mental and physical benefits from spending quality time with pals. So, make it a point to leave space in your schedule to grab a couple of friends and catch up!
Give Thanks for All of It
Practicing gratitude is popular, at least in part, for the positivity it spreads. Simple practices, such as writing down three to five things you’re grateful for in a journal once a week, can help you focus on what’s wonderful in your life, while minimizing the little negatives that weigh us down. Give it a try. You’ll like how it feels!
Ready to learn how Holiday Retirement can help you enjoy every day? Contact us with questions or to schedule a tour of a community near you.