2016 has started and you may already have made some resolutions for the new year about keeping ourselves well and happy. While we’re here to help you if you need help to make day-to- day living more comfortable, there are many ways in which you can take control of 2016 to make it a year you’ll look back on positively:
Prioritize your sleep
Improving your sleep should be high on your priority list for 2016. Don’t miss out on a few hours of sleep to fit in another activity. Sleep is one of the fundamental tools for maintaining good physical and mental health and well being. Take a look at our tips for getting a good nights sleep here.
Take steps to reduce stress
Many people underestimate the effects of stress on our bodies. Often in later years, rather than being overwhelmed by the amount of things that we have to do, we find ourselves stressed because we don’t have things to fill our time, or because we feel lonely. Make a point of doing something you love every day. Whether that’s savouring a special cup of tea, or having a phone call with a relative or friend, taking up a new hobby or relaxing in a warm bath. Enjoying a relaxing full depth bath can be a great way to relax; it’s amazing how a bit of sun can brighten up not just your day, but your mood too.
Sort out your environment
Getting on top of all those little jobs around the house is an excellent way to bring order to your home and mind. Not only will it make your surroundings more comfortable and organised, but it will make your home safer too. Does your living room need a makeover to bring it up to date? Would an adjustable bed or riser recliner make getting up and down easier? Could extra handrails or a stair lift make going upstairs safer for you? Make these considerations a top priority for your 2016 resolution.
Get to grips with new technology
While we’re not suggesting that you learn how to program a computer (!) it does make sense to know how to use your mobile phone, especially for making emergency calls. Mobiles and tablets can open up a whole new world in terms of communication and learning, with programs and apps available for ‘face to face’ conversations with family and friends, reading books and acquiring new skills. Remember, you’re never too old to learn something new and it’s a great way to keep your mind alert!