Caring for our physical and emotional heart are both important! The holidays can take a toll on our heart health in many ways. If you are not able to physically visit loved ones live this year-take the time for a long phone call or Face-time. Many seniors have a difficult time when they are not able to see family regularly.
If you have a loved one in a senior facility and you are not allowed to visit, drop off a package and then call them while they open it. Also, if you are family with a health care giver- please care for them a little extra encouragement as well.
Here are few suggestions for making this season of holidaying merry and bright: to make this season heart healthy physically and emotionally:
Care for a heart healthy day:
-Stop and take a deep breath if you get anxious or winded.
-Take a few minutes of quiet from the noise if you get overwhelmed.
-Don’t sit for more than 2 hours- get up intermittently and take a short walk to stretch your legs and improve your circulation.
-Sit on chairs with arm rests, or the side of the couch with an arm rest available.
-Be cautious on steps and stairs- make sure the lighting is good and have assistance.
Care for heart healthy diet:
-Have a plain baked potato or sweet potato, and roasted vegetables with herbs available for the few that may want it (in place of casseroles).
-Put the salad dressing on the side.
-Have fruit infused water or flavored unsweet tea instead of wine or soda.
-Have a fruit tray and veggie tray available as healthy options.
Care for a heart-filling day:
-If you can’t visit the people you love in person make sure to face time or call (our seniors need extra love this time of year).
-Leave a small (not too heavy) gift basket for someone as a surprise or if you cannot visit.
Last minute gift ideas: A gift card for something to do together might be a hope-filled gift! Also: a scented microwaveable heating pad, a diffuser and essential oils, lotion, non skid socks, roomy pajamas, large print puzzle books, a fun calendar, chap stick, mints or sugar free candies, or a back support pillow.
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However we are able to celebrate this year, we should always remember that our presence is more important than our present. 🙂
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Hope for a happy, blessed holiday season!