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Self-care is an important concept for everyone including seniors. Practicing self-care is not something selfish. Rather, it is one of the components within the journey to complete, holistic, physical and mental health.

When we practice self-care, we feel better, and when we feel better, we have more energy to do more activities such as work, study, hobbies, or even caring for others. In today’s blog article, we are going to offer three suggestions to help seniors learn to practice self-care.

A Conscious Effort

The first and most important consideration in self-care is to make a concerted, conscious effort to do it. Self-care means setting aside some time on a regular basis—like every day—to do activities that make you feel good. When we say “activities,” we mean ones that are for you and only you, such as meditating or journaling or taking a hot bath. The activities can be the same over and over or a big variety. What is key, here, is that these are activities that are intended for your benefit alone, like taking a walk in a park or having some quiet time for reflection. Self-care for one person may look very different than it is for someone else.

Senior Self-Care Suggestions

If you are still wondering what falls under the category of self-care, we can give you some more ideas. Self-care can mean eating well and making sure that you are getting enough nutrients, calories, and protein. That means taking the time to sit down and pay attention to eating instead of grabbing some low-nutrition, convenience food on the run.

Self-care can mean finding some humour in daily tasks—after all, laughter is the best medicine. Read a funny book before bed, or watch an old Marx Brothers movie, or call your friend who always gives you a chuckle. Laughter lowers stress, releases pain-killing endorphins, and oxygenates your body.

For some people, self-care might mean doing something creative like drawing or knitting or writing poetry. When practicing certain repetitive motions—like gardening or kneading dough or needlework—many of us can achieve a meditative and relaxed state. Self-care is something personally defined by you and for you, and for seniors, self-care can translate into a longer and healthier life.

Self-Care for the Caregiver

Self-care is extremely important for caregivers. Often, as we age, one partner or family member will need caregiving. The caregiver often overlooks his or her own needs because he/she is so busy looking after someone one else. Remember that if you take care of yourself first, then you will do a better job in your caregiving role.

At every stage in life, self-care should play a role in your daily schedule. Looking after ourselves is key to being the healthiest and happiest we can be. Self-care should be a priority for seniors.

 

The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about our community, please don’t hesitate to call us at (403) 309-6333.