If New Year’s resolutions are your thing, now’s the time to make your list! If you prefer to take a more gentle approach to self-improvement at the start of the year, perhaps think of the steps below as a form of self-care. Framing them that way can make it easier to stay the course — even after many of those traditional resolutions have fallen to the wayside.
This is something you can start doing right away. You don’t have to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. You don’t have to buy special equipment, either (though you may want to do some grocery shopping).
You know what your body needs to be its best:
Quality sleep. Getting sufficient, quality sleep could be one of the kindest things you can do for your body. Ongoing sleep deprivation can raise your risk for a variety of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Nearly everyone has a bad night once in a while, but if you have insomnia on a regular basis, see your doctor. There may be a physical cause that can be treated. Increasing your activity level (but not before bedtime) and changing some of your eating habits might help, too.
The NIA offers helpful tips for sleeping well, along with information about specific sleep disorders and suggestions for managing sleep problems in people with dementia.
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” — Finnish proverb
If you’ve lived in the same home for a decade or more, there’s a good chance you have belongings stashed away in closets and cabinets (and possibly the attic, basement or garage) that you no longer want or need.
Why not pass them along to somebody who can use them? You’ll be helping others and making it easier on yourself when the time rolls around for you to move — particularly if you’ll be moving to a smaller home.
Incidentally, we typically have an expert on downsizing come to Emerald Heights about once a year for a presentation, so if this sounds like something you’d be interested in attending, be sure to check out our events page from time to time. You can also ask to be placed on our mailing list, and we’ll let you know the next time we have one of these presentations.
Clearing out the clutter will probably make cleaning your home easier and faster. It might also make your home a healthier, safer and more enjoyable place to live.
Another benefit of decluttering your physical environment? The positive effects it can have on your mental well-being. A clutter-free home can make you feel calmer and more focused.
A couple of common-sense tips to make decluttering more doable:
Maintaining at least a few close relationships can ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation, which tend to be more prevalent among older adults. Friends, family members and neighbors move away as the years pass, and it can be more difficult for seniors to meet new people.
If you have friends and family nearby and you enjoy their company, then make a point of staying in touch with them. Invite them for a meal or find something in the area to do together. Set up a time every few days or each week to call and catch up. You’ll all reap the benefits of being connected.
If you’re up to meeting new people but aren’t sure how to go about it, try one or more of these:
It might seem daunting to put yourself out there, and it may take a few attempts, but with the right attitude and a little persistence, you just might find it’s fun to expand your social circle.
Much like a medical exam can set your mind at ease about your physical health, taking a close look at your financial status can also alleviate concerns.
Whether you work with a financial planner or handle your finances yourself, plan some time to review all of your accounts and documents. These can include:
It’s also a good idea to see what the market value is of any properties you own and have other assets appraised.
If you normally stay on top of your financial affairs, this review will probably be quick and easy. If it’s been a while since you last took stock, the review could take considerably longer. Either way, it’ll be a worthwhile endeavor. It’s an opportunity to evaluate whether you want to make any changes, including changes in beneficiaries on your insurance policies and estate documents.
In a community like ours, being good to yourself and getting the most out of each day is easy — and a lot of fun! There’s more time to devote to all the things you enjoy doing and vibrant, friendly neighbors to engage with.
Independent living in Redmond took a step forward 30 years ago when Emerald Heights became the first senior living community to welcome residents on the Eastside. We’re delighted to say that some of the earliest residents we welcomed to Emerald Heights are still living here today.
We invite you to visit us and see why they’ve been happy here for so long. Come take a look around, and we believe you’ll discover how much you could love living here too. Contact us and we’ll gladly set up a time for you to experience Emerald Heights for yourself.