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Self-Care

  1. Breathe: there is a lot going on, personally, socially, globally. It is quite easy to get caught up in the overwhelming feelings surrounding us with the wealth of information being directed at us. Remember to breathe, ground yourself and take things one step at a time.
  2. Be kind to yourself: everyone is different. That means everyone functions at different levels, but there is no "right" or "wrong" way to function. Everyone goes at a different pace and that's completely okay. Be kind to yourself, there is only one you, and that is what makes YOU special. Take care of yourself.
  3. Eat: sometimes it can be easy to forget what time it is when routines get thrown off, don't forget to have meals throughout the day. Try to keep your nutrition on the forefront, eating healthy can help you stay healthy and keep you feeling better.
  4. Move around: Sheltering in place at home can be limiting, take time throughout each day to stretch, go for a walk, or exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel good-chemical in the brain, so move around a bit and feel better. Here is a link to a video for exercising at home.
  5. Socialize: Physically distance, socially connect! Writing letters or cards, making phone calls or using different digital platforms such as Facetime, social media, Zoom and more, keeps you connected to those you love and care about. Use this time to be there for your loved ones. You'd be surprised how a small gesture can change someone's day.

 

Projects

  1. Start a journal: Writing can help express inner thoughts and feelings but can also log what is going on in the present. 
  2. Make some art: Drawing/doodling, coloring, painting, collaging, and more are all fun ways of being expressive. The goal isn't to make a masterpiece, but to get caught up in the freedom of expression.
  3. Garden: spend some time out among the flowers and plants. If you don't have a garden or plants, get some! You can plant vegetables to grow your own food or can have plants with purpose in your home. Certain varieties of plants can even help cleanse the air.

 

Local Resources

-Watch this video on how to prevent falls at home brought to you from our friends at Collabria Care

-Listen to whats going on, KVON hosts "Senior Moments" radio show where different organizations, resources, and topics specific to seniors are shared. Click this link to listen

-Lunch and Learn Series from Dementia Capable Napa County, Providing education and support for care takers of thoses with moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia (free, but registration required)

-Local Senior Center, Rianda House Calendar of Activities

-Yountville's Golden Ticket Program is offering classes virtually see this link for more information (fee required)