The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the health sector of countries around the globe. Even countries with a strong economy, such as the United States, experienced the same thing. 

The severity of COVID-19 is amplified among those who are immunocompromised, young, and the elderly. Seniors, for instance, are more prone to complications because of their weakened immune systems. 

Of course, health protocols are already in place to ensure that the most susceptible groups will not be exposed to the virus. Isolation and minimizing contact with people are among the key solutions to prevent any contraction. Seniors have to practice these things while ensuring that their mental health is being taken care of. 

What Is Self Care?

A lot of people talk about the importance of self-care, but it’s hard to know where to start. Start with the basics. When you are caring for yourself, you need to be sure that you are eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and that you are exercising regularly. Finding time for yourself can be difficult, but you can find time for things you love to do. If you have time for a hobby, you can make time for self-care.

Self-care is doing things that make you feel good and taking care of your body and mind. In fact, self-care is also important for seniors as it helps to reduce stress and can be as simple as a bath or massage. In other words, self-care can be anything that makes you feel healthy, safe, and uplifted. 

And the best time to start your self-care routine is now. 

Self Care For Seniors During COVID-19

Here are some activities that seniors can do to improve their well-being and health during tough times:

Connect With Others

Now, more than ever, seniors are connecting with others virtually and finding the support they need to live fulfilled lives.  Social media sites are allowing people to connect with others who have similar interests and concerns.

Connecting and socializing with other people is a great way to stay mentally healthy and ward off feelings of loneliness. Social media websites offer a variety of ways to do this; on Twitter, you can follow friends and celebrities and tweet your own thoughts to your followers. On Facebook, you can share pictures, send messages to people you know, or join groups related to your interests.

You can find companionship in all sorts of places. Consider joining a club or group that matches your interests. You can also rekindle old friendships or make new ones. For example, you can look for volunteer opportunities and even just take a walk around your neighborhood. 

You can exercise with your friends or relatives while practicing proper safety measures. 

Express Gratitude

Gratitude is essential for anyone, but it is especially crucial for seniors. If you are a senior citizen, you know that feeling of gratitude is important for your well-being. Research suggests that being grateful can help you feel more optimistic and hopeful, helps you sleep better, and reduces stress. Living a thankful life helps you live happily!

So starting today, what can you do to make sure you’re more grateful and appreciative? First, take a few minutes each day to reflect and express thanks. It can be for a specific thing or your good fortune in general. 

For example, you can take a minute before bed each night to write down three things you’re grateful for. Or, you can try keeping a gratitude journal by writing down and reflecting on what you’re grateful for each day. While each form of gratitude practice is different, they all have the same goal in mind: to get you into the habit of being more grateful. They also all have the added benefit of making you feel better about yourself and the people around you.

Read Books

When it comes to self-care for seniors, reading books is one of the best ways to help them stay in good spirits and maintain their mental health. Reading books calms the mind and can help to lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety. It can also help to relieve stress and improve your overall mood.

Reading is a fantastic way to pass your free time. It is also a wonderful way to keep your mind sharp, especially for seniors who are more prone to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Reading can also be a fantastic way to learn something new or expand your horizons.

Practice Mindfulness

In today’s age of always being connected, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to step back and take a few minutes to just breathe. This is especially true for seniors who may have age-related health or mobility issues that can make the simple act of getting up and walking over to a window to take a few deep breaths a Herculean task. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to your garden to practice mindfulness. There are a number of ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life, even if you’re confined to your living room or bedroom.

A simple way to practice mindfulness is to sit comfortably in a chair or on a cushion in a quiet room. Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose for the count of three. Hold your breath for the count of three. Then breathe out through your mouth for the count of three. Repeat this process several times. When you find yourself getting distracted, just return to the breath counting.

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