A global pandemic is still in full swing across the world and no one knows how long it’s going to last. Our lives have slowed down and all of our activities are either shut down or altered so that we need to do them with a lot of care and attention. Our elders are among the group with the highest risk of being infected with the coronavirus so they need to take extra precautions every time they leave their house. That doesn’t mean they need to stay inside and stop all of their activities because that’s what keeps them happy and able to move and stay active. There are some things seniors can do to stay connected to their friends and family, but in the safest way possible.
Nobody feels great just sitting around and doing nothing. Being active means your body will be stronger and can tackle any health problem. Appropriate physical activity is beneficial not just to your overall health, but your mind and wellbeing as well. In addition to that, you’ll lose weight and feel much better.
Depending on your condition, don’t be afraid to take a walk, dance to your favorite songs, or do some light exercises. Keep in mind that staying active is vital when it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety, so try not to forget these things. Even yoga can help you and the calm effect that comes with it is the perfect way to start or end your day.
Being in quarantine means you’ll have more free time than you’ve ever had. Those first days flew by in resting, taking naps, and just relaxing from everything we accumulated over the years. Now it’s time to do something useful and learning a new skill can be the perfect occupation.
For instance, learning how to cook a few complicated meals can be a great way to spend your mornings. Also, now is the perfect time to dedicate your attention to hobbies like sewing, reading, or gardening. Find something that will occupy your attention and sign up for an online course.
We are all human and we need to be among other people and whether you enjoy a nice walk with your friend or going to the store together, you need to take some safety precautions. Start by always wearing a sterile surgical face mask when you’re outside and with other people. This needs to be something you’ll do instinctively because this is something that could end up saving your life.
Apart from that, always have a hand sanitizer if you need to touch something in the store. Be sure to always wash your hands and be thorough as this is one of the recommendations when it comes to safety measures.
It’s never too late to practice some mind games and try to sharpen your mind. Start with some simple games such as puzzles, sudoku, and card games. That will allow you to see the type of game that suits you the best and you can start from there.
Find an online group and talk about different strategies, types of games you haven’t still played and organize online meetings. You’ll be amazed by the change when it comes to your memory and the ability to solve everyday problems, but also you’ll meet new people who share the same passion as you.
Living in the modern era means you have all the benefits the Internet has to offer. All those free programs for online communication will allow you to reconnect to your closest friends and family and talk to them regularly.
Apart from that, this can be the perfect time to reconnect to people you’ve lost contact with. Try to find them on social media and you’ll be surprised how delighted people are when someone remembers them and wants to stay in touch.
These uncertain times brought a lot of stress, anxiety, and unknown things so you need to use that and turn it into something positive. Being active and staying in touch with your friends and family, as well as meeting new people along the way, could be your saving grace. You’ll see the change in your mood and how small things such as talking about your favorite book or baking can make your day.
This guest post was graciously provided by Emma Joyce, an interior design enthusiast from Sydney. She loves spicing up living spaces and finding new ways to keep up with the latest trends.