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6 Tips for Fighting the Winter Blues

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Longer nights and shorter days makes people sad

Helpful Advice from the Senior Healthcare Team at Home Instead

Spring and summer provide many hours of sunlight for Canadians to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. As the seasons turn cooler and winter sets in, the days get shorter, which can affect many people. Seniors can be significantly affected, especially if they have mobility issues or can no longer drive. There are a variety of ways to increase the quality of life for your senior or yourself.

Avoid letting winter get the best of you or your elderly loved one by taking steps to beat the blues. A trained caregiver or personal support worker (PSW) from Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke can help with keeping you or your loved one moving and fighting back when the grey skies dampen your day. We help you and your aging family members with services such as personal care, household duties, and meals and nutrition. We’re here in every season when you need us most.

Simple Suggestions to Fight the Winter Blues this Year

One nice thing about the holiday season is that it helps keep us occupied as the days grow colder and shorter. Once the festivities stop, it can be challenging to handle the ‘stillness’. The elderly are more susceptible to seasonal depression because of their lack of mobility. Here are six suggestions to help you or your aged loved one get the upper-hand on Old Man Winter:

  1. Let the Sun Shine In: Try opening up the curtains, pulling up blinds, and letting the sunshine in. Sometimes trees and shrubs block more than the view of the street. They stop precious rays from lighting up your home. If necessary, cut back trees that block windows. Make it a party and have family over to do some outdoor clean up to make the view better.
  2. Put on Some Happy Tunes: Turn up the peppy music and practice your dance steps in the kitchen, or at least enjoy watching Dad tap his feet to the beat. Upbeat music and singing to some favourite songs can brush the grumbles away.
  3. Focus on the Needs of Others: Sometimes, we can break away from feeling sad when we focus on others. For example, check out if your hospital needs volunteers who sit in the nursery and rock newborns when their parents cannot be there. Your mom or dad still have much to offer; they need help discovering where they can do this.
  4. Get Regular Physical Exercise: Staying fit not only keeps your body in good shape, but your brain cells will benefit, and you can stay cheerful despite the dull, grey weather. If you have a shopping mall nearby, you or your loved one can walk inside when the weather does not allow walking outdoors.
  5. Watch What You Eat: Sugar may increase depression symptoms. Think about how lethargic you feel after a large meal of carbs. Instead, choose foods that are nutrient-dense and can enhance your mood.
  6. Bring Back Sunday Dinner or Movie Night: Socialization is helpful for all seniors. It is much harder if they are homebound. Find ways to get Mom reengaged with family and friends by having Sunday dinner a couple of times a month, or plan a movie night. The engagement will help everyone involved.

Combat the Winter Blues with Help from Home Instead Senior Care

Overcome the low moods that come about during the long winter days, with proactive steps and the help of a senior care caregiver or PSW from Home Instead Etobicoke. Our team understands the needs of seniors and we step in to support you, and your elderly loved one every day of the year. Make the most of every season with our help!

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Etobicoke area.


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