Everything Seniors Need to Know to Stay Happy, Healthy and Connected While at Home

Mar 31, 2020

There’s no place like home, but when something happens that requires us to remain there, we can often feel the urge to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Although it’s currently difficult to enjoy all there is to offer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t remain happy, healthy and connected while at home.

“Many seniors thrive off of social connection, a focus on health and wellness, pursuing their passions,” says Doris Lea, Executive Director of Hidden Springs of McKinney. “It’s fortunate to know that many of these things can easily be continued at home if we simply adapt and find new ways to embrace the situation.”

To make staying happy, healthy and connected easier for local seniors, we’ve broken down some helpful tips and a sampling of ways to continue getting involved and being inspired from the comfort of your own home.

How to Stay Happy

Despite everything that’s currently going on, there is a multitude of ways to get happy and stay happy.

Be strategic in your news consumption. For example, if you are finding the news to be more depressing than helpful, turn it off. Stick to newspapers, check the news once a day to remain informed, or look up some good news! There are plenty of places to find news that will warm your heart, heal your spirit and make the good of the world known, such as Good News from Fox News.

Focus your energy on something you love. Do you love playing musical instruments? Do you paint or even read? Try to spend some time each day doing a couple of things you love and enjoy.

Learn something new. There are plenty of things to learn online. For example, if you aren’t an artist, yet have a set of watercolors laying around, watch tutorials to learn how to paint. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to do origami, give it a shot. You never know what skills may be hiding or what you’ll find that you truly enjoy and want to continue.

Staying Healthy at Home

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t remain healthy and well! Consider some of these tips to improve your health in the comfort of your own home.

Participate in exercise videos. It’s as simple as looking up fitness videos to enjoy on YouTube! Check out a tai-chi class, give yoga a try, consider kickboxing! The choices are endless.  

Cook up some new recipes. If you didn’t previously cook often and ate out instead, now is the perfect chance to explore your inner chef! Bring out those old cookbooks, look up recipes online based on ingredients you have and take the time to sharpen your cooking skills and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Go for some outdoor walks or gardening. Although it’s important to remain socially isolated, it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the great outdoors safely; simply try to stay away from people or remain on your own property. Pull some weeds, plant some flowers, go for a small walk, or exercise outside.

Get Connected

When spending so much time at home, it’s easy to feel isolated, disconnected and lonely. Fortunately, technology makes it possible for us to stay in touch with those we love. Try some of the following ways to get and stay connected!

Use video chat software. If you’re missing the grandkids or your other family members and friends, consider scheduling a time for a video chat. This can not only give you the feeling of face-to-face contact, but you can also feel more as if you’re there with them.

Host your clubs over Zoom. Some clubs can allow for meeting online. Instead of canceling book clubs or your weekly happy hour, host them with all your friends online on software such as Zoom! This allows you to see everyone at once and chat together.

Call friends and family often. Many times, we can tend to opt for a text to talk to loved ones, however, giving them a call can help you both feel more connected. Call certain friends at a designated time during the week, call your children to see how they are doing and use this opportunity to grow your bonds from afar.

Watch religious services. Many services are offered on television and some are even available online.

For more information about how to stay happy, healthy and connected, please contact us at 972.483.0234.

Luxury Living in North Dallas

At Hidden Springs of McKinney, we understand how important location is to North Dallas seniors who are looking for an engaging, enriching retirement lifestyle. Located in McKinney, Texas, we are close to medical centers, arts and entertainment, outdoor opportunities and everything else you love about this area. Seniors who choose to make us their home can enjoy a range of trips, opportunities and activities while living their very best life thanks to our innovative focus on wellness.

Active Retirement Living for a Healthy Tomorrow

The secret to a life well lived awaits you at Hidden Springs of McKinney. Envisioned and developed by Madison Marquette, a company with a 25-year track record of investing in vibrant communities and a stellar reputation for developing luxury residences, you’ll discover all the possibilities your retirement brings … as well as the confidence of knowing your future is secure.

Our beautifully appointed, active retirement living community is created for those who expect more out of life. Luxury living, gracious services, resort-quality amenities, engaging programs and stunning apartments in 15 floor plans are just a few of the benefits awaiting you. And with assisted living and memory care services offered on campus, you can retire with complete peace of mind, knowing that if needs change, the care you deserve is right at home.

To learn more about Hidden Springs of McKinney and discover The Secret to a Life Well Lived, call or visit us today. We’d be happy to schedule a tour and show you just how much our location can make your retirement experience exceptional.

Call us today at 972.483.0234.