Insightsthe blog of Porter Hills
How to remain young at heart this holiday season.
Paige Hendrickson, RN
Nurse Care Manager for Avenues by Porter Hills
Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Watch the 13 on Your Side Senior Wellness segment on this topic!
- Appreciate and marvel at the things you see and hear:be silly with the bows and ribbons on packages, observe the squirrel outside your window… imitate the sounds it makes, make binoculars out of two drinking glasses!
- Celebrate the little things! Toddlers get applauded for small accomplishments. “She took one step!” Find someone near you who needs applause for one small step. Cheer loudly! When others cheer for you, be proud of the “one step”, even if you “fall down” in the next moment.
- Move frequently.Even when sitting, toddlers wiggle! Be on the go.
- Giggle, until you belly laugh.
- Be creative and artistic! Color outside the lines, be messy, hang your artwork in a prominent place, be proud of it! Buy a tub of Play Doh, roll it, smash it, and squeeze it between your fingers. Buy two tubs and mix the colors! Create wildly, smash it, and then start over.
- Use your imagination! Squint your eyes to see all of the sparkling lights on the Christmas tree. Squint your eyes at street lights, they can twinkle like Christmas lights! Make a silly face and laugh at your distorted reflection in a shiny, round ornament.
- Stay inquisitive. Find a present and shake it, rattle it, try your best to guess what is in it …. even if it isn’t your present.
- Celebrate loved ones. When a family member or friend appears at the door: run to them, announce them, embrace them …even if it has only been a short time since you have seen them.
This holiday season, explore the world as children do; giggling, crying, moving with impulsivity and with slow wonder, spread this joy to those who love and support you! It’s contagious!