Everyday Self-Care Checklist

April 22, 2022

 

Whether you reside in a private house with loved ones or in a Assisted living facility - it is important for seniors to have a self-care guide to help navigate their day-to-day activities while still maintaining their independence.

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Prayer/Meditation

Prayer and meditation is important because it aligns and transforms your hearts, mind and soul to wanting to do and be a better version of yourself...  It also calms emotions, reduces stress levels; it keeps you focused and engaged and you sleep better.

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Eat healthy: Eat nutritious and wholesome meals that provides nourishment to your body.  Stay hydrated: Fluid intake is necessary that includes water-rich foods (fruits and vegetables), and also soups and broths.  Exercise:  Yoga (stretching), chair exercises, arm and leg lifts, wrist and ankle flexes and pushes (strength).  Outdoors:  Go ahead! Go outside, get some fresh air, enjoy nature.

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Socialize

Interacting and making new friends develops long lasting friendships and companionships.

More Self-Care

Continue to engage yourself in a routine that will help eliminate stress, depression and loneliness while promoting good health, happiness and independence.

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Seek a hobby

Having a hobby brings a sense of purpose; and engaging in activities you love to do.

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Ask for help

Asking for help is not a form of weakness but it in turns open the lines of communication and support growth and independence.

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Sleep

Sleep is essential, prioritizing your sleep schedule and getting sufficient sleep keeps your mind and body healthy and in check; you also feel refreshed and rejuvenated; also your activities of daily living (ADLs) improves significantly.

Note: Seniors having a checklist is such of paramount importance - it serves as a guide as it helps minimize forgetfulness, indecision, bewilderment and other cognitive impairment; at the same time it gives a clear steer as to how, where, when in getting things done at a pace that is comfortable for that particular individual  while promoting engagement with the task at hand, good health, self-esteem and independence.