At Watermark Retirement Communities, we recognize this is a challenging time as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all doing our best to stay healthy and thrive, but that means so much more than not getting sick. Putting your health and wellness first by nourishing your mind, body and spirit can lead to incredible benefits like keeping your immune system strong and enhancing your resilience.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a collection of expert advice that will help you focus on four dimensions of well-being.
Focus on Your Essence
Cultivating inner peace and equanimity will help with emotional balance and social connections. Staying calm also can help you be a more effective thinker in high-pressure situations, along with acting mindfully. Here are some ideas for creating new self-care habits that’ll foster your well-being:
- To address mental or emotional anxiety, try free guided imagery tools from Kaiser Permanente.
- Cultivate daily gratitude by starting a journal or sharing daily notes of appreciation with loved ones and friends.
- Waking Up is a mindfulness meditation app by Sam Harris, featuring beginner to advanced level instructions. It also features a children’s section. Try out for a one-month free trial period with code WATERMARK.
- Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit, free mindfulness app developed by Australian experts and field tested since 2012.
- Protect yourself and your family from anxiety.
Engage with Your Community and Loved Ones
Love and connection is humanity’s superpower that sustains us during challenging times. Here are some ideas for how to cultivate personal relationships:
- Laugh as much as you can and share stories with as many people as possible.
- Seek a social connection by helping others and through random acts of kindness.
- Shield the children in your life from uncertainty and information overload by communicating the topic in an age-appropriate, thoughtful manner.
- Nourish your mental appetite with arts and sciences, learn new skills, and share your gifts with others.
Enhance Your Mind, Cultivate Curiosity
Looking for some creative ideas to keep your mind sharp? Here are a few to get you started:
- TED Talks feature a curated collection of 18-minute talks from world-renowned experts on virtually any subject.
- Free access to museums and virtual tours, classical music concerts and online education resources
- Free access to 450-plus online classes from Ivy League schools.
Embody Your Healthiest Self
In addition to following essential prevention and medical care information, seek healthy pursuits and pay attention to your body and how you’re feeling.
- Spend as much time in nature as you can during social distancing to enjoy the benefits of a stronger immune system and a greater sense of calm. Plants also can help purify the air in your home and have a calming influence.
- Move your body daily for the important benefits of lower blood pressure, weight control and improved balance. Consider these options — one or all may spark your new pastime:
- Pay attention to your sleep health with these healthy sleep tips.
- If you’re working from home, here are some tips to create a healthy home office and take care of your eyes.
Remember to take time out of your daily schedule to put your health and wellness first. It’s the perfect time to evaluate your routine, and take advantage of the opportunity to try something new while nurturing your mind, body and spirit. It’s never too late to learn, grow, connect and thrive today, tomorrow and beyond.
This article was made possible with contributions by Aras Erekul, MD, MMH, National Director of Integrative Well-Being, Watermark Retirement Communities.