Tips and Tricks to Combat Holiday Depression in Older Adults
For many, the holidays are one of the best times of the year. With bright, colorful decorations all around us and calendars filled with family get-togethers and festive traditions, there’s a magical feeling in the air that can only be found during this season.
While the holidays can be an exciting time of year for some, this season can often be difficult and lonely. For many active adults, the holidays may no longer feel cheerful like they once did — what used to be a joyous occasion can leave you feeling more isolated than connected.
To help brighten your spirit, continue reading to discover simple ways to prevent holiday depression in older adults.
7 Tips for Coping with Holiday Depression in Older Adults
1. Get Some Fresh Air
Seasonal depression often sets in during the winter months, as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, getting outside and enjoying the outdoors can do wonders for your mental health. Start your day with a brisk walk around the block or wind down with a book on your balcony in the evening.
While you’re outside, take a moment to appreciate the sun’s warmth against your skin and soak in all of the natural beauty that surrounds you. With beautifully mild weather year-round, Seafields at Kiawah Island is an ideal destination to reconnect with nature during the holiday season. No matter what you decide to do, being exposed to sunlight daily and getting plenty of fresh air is vital to prevent holiday depression in older adults.
2. Prioritize Your Health and Wellness
Because your physical and mental health goes hand-in-hand, it is imperative to unwind and relax during the busy holiday season. Remember that there is nothing selfish about prioritizing your health and well-being. Even during the holidays, it is essential to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine by going for walks, taking a workout class, and practicing stress-reducing meditation techniques.
Seafields at Kiawah Island will offer countless wellness and fitness opportunities to exercise your body, mind, and soul. With world-class amenities such as a resort-style saltwater pool, a state-of-the-art yoga studio and fitness center, and scenic paths to walk or bike, there are many ways to enrich your health and wellness.
3. Decorate Your Home for the Holidays
A festive living area can quickly brighten both your home and mood! There are many simple yet elegant ways to decorate your space for the holidays. Turn your home into a cozy and inviting refuge by burning a Frasier-fir scented candle and utilizing natural greenery as much as possible. To set a festive mood, incorporate earthy hues inspired by evergreen trees, tart berries, and sugar plums throughout your decor. For an elegant touch, be sure to hang a beautiful wreath on your door and decorate your tree with warm white lights and champagne-colored ornaments.
4. Surround Yourself with Loved Ones
Connecting with others is one of the most effective ways to lift your mood and avoid holiday blues. Talking to a friend or family member can be a powerful remedy for any feelings of loneliness you may be experiencing. You’ll be surprised at just how quickly the warmth you receive from loved ones during the holidays can help you cope with your seasonal depression.
While not everyone is fortunate enough to have family nearby, living in a luxury life care community like Seafields at Kiawah Island provides you with a group of like-minded individuals. Our community celebrates friendship and encouragement to help you feel right at home.
5. Stay Busy with Festive Activities
Once you retire, you may find yourself with more free time than you’re accustomed to. Although this extra time can be liberating, it can also be lonely at times. This is especially true around the holidays, which are supposed to be one of the busiest and most wonderful times of the year.
An excellent way to avoid feelings of loneliness and depression is to stay occupied as much as possible. To prevent holiday depression in older adults, we recommend using this newfound free time to explore passions and discover new hobbies. Whether it’s reading, painting, baking, or anything else that inspires you, connecting with hobbies can help take your mind off these feelings of sadness or boredom.
6. Give Back to Your Community
Volunteering is an excellent way to lift your mood and connect with others while simultaneously making a difference in your local community. Volunteers are always in high demand, and this is especially true during the holidays. Giving just a few hours of your time to volunteer at a local food bank or nonprofit can do wonders for your mental health. If you cannot volunteer in person, consider making a generous donation to your favorite charity or organization. Even a small amount of money can profoundly affect someone’s life.
7. Make New Traditions and Memories
During the holidays, your thoughts may gravitate to memories spent gathering with family and participating in traditions. While it is natural to feel nostalgic and reflect on these moments from time to time, it is essential to create new traditions and memories, too.
Whatever your holiday traditions may be, we invite you to make new ones at Seafields at Kiawah Island with an abundance of choices for group activities, recreation, and socializing during the holiday season and beyond. From decorating tasteful cookies and visiting magical light displays to attending holiday parties and other exclusive events, you’ll cherish these memories for years to come.
Get in the Holiday Spirit at Seafields at Kiawah Island
We hope that these simple ways to prevent holiday depression in older adults help you make the most of this festive season. While the holidays are a time for joyous traditions and magnificent decorations, it is important to remember the season’s true meaning — spending time with loved ones and making memories that will last a lifetime.
At Seafields at Kiawah Island, every day presents the opportunity to make unforgettable memories. Beautiful weather year-round, premier amenities and services, a comprehensive health care plan, and endless adventure are just a taste of the perks you experience as a Seafields resident.
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