Living with us
Living with us
We have a lot to offer to support your independent lifestyle. We care about the mental and physical wellbeing of our residents.
Living with us means you have your privacy but our friendly on-site staff make sure you are part of a community.
And there is always someone to talk to if you need advice or need help with something.
And so much more…
Don’t feel like exercising? Inspire yourself
Many of us can feel a bit tired or lazy and wonder how others can be so energetic and fit. We must forgive ourselves: we are all different. There is no need to compare ourselves to others – our physical well-being and our health can vary.
In general, there are six factors which contribute positively to the health of a human being 1. food consumption habits 2. the level of physical activity 3. the consumption of alcohol, 4. smoking habits, 5. regular heath checks with the doctor (in order to find and treat illnesses in their early stages) and 6. mental health. As we can see, exercising is only one of the factors which affects our physical and mental well-being.
If you have never exercised before, start with a little exercise in your home, repeating small movements. Every little move helps. Stretching slowly your arms or legs could also make you feel more energetic. Go for walks and try to do more steps every day. If you have mobility issues, just set up small goals, like walking to a nearby bench. Tai-chi is gentle way to keep your balance and Pilates is great for those who would like to feel stronger. Make healthy choices about the way you move, for example by taking the stairs instead of the lift or trying to walk a bit faster.
If you are super fit, enjoy the parks around your home for walking, cycling or join the surrounding golf-clubs! There are plenty of yoga studios and gyms around our retirement homes too. But do not just pay the membership fee for the gym– try to attend regularly as well! Remember the joke that “during the national lockdown, 70% of those who had membership of a gym didn’t realise that the gyms had closed” – be among the ones who would notice such a change!
Regular physical activity has positive influences on metabolic health as it helps to control blood sugar and reduces blood fats (triglycerides). So, it is time to move!
Charity work for your mental heath
Helping others is great. Not just because you add to other people’s life and make a real difference but also because it is good for your physical and mental health too.
So many of us just give money to charities, instead of doing something actively for vulnerable people, for pets and wild animals or for the environment.
If you have time, read a book to a blind person, or work two hours for free to reorganise the shelves in a charity shop! You will feel happy that you are using your time well and actually doing something of great value, which makes you feel better about yourself.
If you don’t want to make contact with new people but still would like to help, find out about your neighbours to see if they need anything. They might welcome a chat with someone over the phone or enjoy a Zoom call. After the lockdown, you will be able meet them in person. But they might need help now with their basic shopping or help with an online order – there are always people who need help, so try to find out who they are.