How Seniors Can Fight the Winter Blues
Wintertime is a very enjoyable time of the year for so many people. However, for some seniors, the colder months can also bring a unique set of challenges and emotions. Our devoted care team at UMC at Bristol Glen offers some strategies that seniors can employ to combat the winter blues by finding warmth in cherished memories and discovering a renewed sense of joy during this time of year.
Reach Out to a Loved One
Loneliness is a common contributor to winter depression for people of all ages, including seniors. To help combat this, we recommend reaching out to a family member or a friend to alleviate any feelings of isolation. A simple phone call can make a big difference, as just talking to someone can provide a safe space to express your emotions and feelings. Consider reaching out to loved ones to proactively build a strong support system.
Just by knowing that you have people in your corner can make a huge difference when dealing with the winter blues. There are even senior support groups, both in-person and virtual, that are a tremendous resource for those seniors dealing with loneliness. Ultimately, any social interaction that fuel laughing, storytelling, and meaningful conversations can really uplift spirits and curb any feelings of isolation or loneliness.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
One powerful way for seniors to find joy and offset winter blues is to take time to reminisce on special memories from years past. These reflections create the opportunity to focus on joyful and meaningful life experiences that are tied to real, cherished emotions. By embracing these memories, seniors facing winter depression can feel an extra sense of warmth and connection, especially if shared with those they love most.
Some of the best ways to go about this include taking a look at old photo albums, watching videos and programs that are tied to specific memories, and listening to some of your favorite music. These practices can truly be therapeutic for anyone facing sadness around the wintertime, and they can present the opportunity to draw strength from the past, appreciate the present, and approach what lies ahead with a new sense of optimism.
Pamper Yourself with Self-Love
For seniors who experience wintertime sadness, practicing both self-love and self-care is crucial. First and foremost, it is important to know that it is okay to feel the way you are feeling. We suggest that you practice self-compassion when faced with the winter blues and accept any range of emotions you may be experiencing. One way to do this is by creating a comfortable and festive environment. Try decorating your living space with items that bring you joy and comfort, as surrounding yourself with these things can evoke positive memories and emotions.
Also, expressing gratitude is a great way to focus on all the positive aspects of your life—no matter how small. And finally, don’t forget to treat yourself! Give yourself time to enjoy your favorite meal or treat and indulge in activities that promote your overall happiness.
Wintertime at our Senior Living Community in Sussex County, New Jersey
Still need help facing the winter blues head on? If your loved one is new to our community or if you find yourself searching for assisted living or independent living in New Jersey, we are always open to new ideas and are dedicated to making the winter season a time to remember for everyone.