Enduring the cold and darker days of winter is no easy feat, particularly for senior adults in senior housing facilities. Thankfully spring has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than spending more time outdoors.
Get ready to celebrate as the temperature warms up with great activities to brighten up your mood and boost your energy.
Say goodbye to long cold nights because spring is here. The snow has melted, the days are longer and warmer, and the perfect setting to bond with family with flowers in bloom as the background.
Welcoming spring through physical activities does not only benefit the body but also the mental health of senior adults. Spending time outdoors reduces stress levels, specifically for those who need to relax.
Walking, gardening and some spring cleaning provide multiple benefits for residents in senior housing. Without spending your pension money, these activities are shown to alleviate pain linked to arthritis and gout.
Besides, regular physical activities lower blood sugar and boost heart health.
Routine exercise and physical workouts do not necessarily mean getting in the gym. Spending at least 30 minutes walking, tending the garden, light cleaning, or doing regular chores is not only a low-cost activity but a great mood booster due to the endorphins released during these activities.
Take a few minutes of your time to go out. Spend time with your fellow residents or family during visits. Enjoy the spring season and feel rejuvenated.
Spring Preparation Ideas
Make a Spring-Cleaning List
Get your home ready for the new season by tidying and updating the indoor design or arrangement. Make a list of the things that you need to do indoors and outdoors.
Do not forget to pack away the winter clothes, heavy linens, dark-colored blankets, and pillows. Maybe you want to give your room a little pampering through fresh wall paint. Also, make your home warm-ready by preparing natural products for insects and bugs. Prepare your garden for planting.
Bring in the Floral Scents
Soothe up your senses and accentuate your senior housing rooms with spring candles. These will not only brighten up your room but also freshen up. Different scents are available to suit the different tastes of different people.
Nurture your mind with candles of mint, eucalyptus, ginger, or a combination of these scents. The scent of coconut and salted musk will bring sunshine and warmth into your home. Floral scents on the other hand will make your room smell like a garden while creating the perfect environment of calmness and well-being.
Clean Out Your Vases for New Flowers
Add flowers in bloom to welcome spring. Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. Fresh flowers do not only accentuate the space but also boost healing and pain tolerance. Flowers are also known to reduce stress, anxiety, fatigue, and are beautiful mood boosters.
Bring Out the Spring Themed Linens
Warmer temperature requires light and cottony materials, so it is time to pack all your heavy blankets and flannel sheets. Swap all your winter linens with light and bright colored palettes like buttercup yellow, sky blue, blush pink, and fresh green to wake up your home from hibernation.
Make Plans with Friends
Now is the time to catch up with friends by visiting a local fair, going to the mall, having lunch or snacks at a nearby restaurant, or going on a picnic. Older adults in senior housing should still maintain a strong connection with their friends to reduce health risks like depression and high blood pressure.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on a date with friends to nurture the relationship and your overall health as much as your time permits!
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