2. Explore new volunteer opportunities. Some volunteer opportunities can be done from the comfort of your home. Contact local organizations to see if they need help making phone calls, which can be done from home. If you volunteer outside your home take precautions to wear a mask, gloves, and ask the organization what safety measures they are taking to ensure your safety.
3. Make a phone call once a week to check in on a friend or neighbor. Try calling and checking in with a friend or neighbor on a weekly basis to see how they are doing and possibly brighten their day with your thoughtfulness.
4. Spend more time with grandkids, even if it is by virtual means. Try to get creative about visits with grandchildren, especially if you are not able to visit face-to-face. Plan a FaceTime, Zoom, or phone call with grandchildren.
5. Revisit an old pastime. Do you find that you have more free time on your hands? Take up an activity or hobby you once found enjoyable: knitting, quilting, crocheting, fishing, painting, woodworking, making homemade cards or other crafts or stamp collecting to name a few.
6. Make healthier food decisions. Try some new recipes that keep your health conditions in mind and incorporate more fruits and vegetables. Healthy food choices take time, make small changes over time.
7. Keep the brain active. Challenge your mind by doing a crossword puzzle, word search, Sudoku puzzle or other brain teaser daily to promote brain function.
8.Make your overall health a priority. Scheduling annual doctor visits or check-ups are important. If it is challenging to make a face-to-face visit, ask if the doctor can do a telehealth visit covered by your insurance. The advice and tips from your doctor help keep you healthy all year long.
While the past year has presented many challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally, let's remember to stay as positive as we can to make this year the best one yet!
Written by: Jessica Shupp Enes