Four Tips for Self-Care

Pick your stressor: international war, domestic unrest, family strife, aging body, covid variants, economy. We are living in unprecedented times and it leaves us feeling anxious, tense and depressed. Of course we know the benefits of exercise during times like these. But is there something else?

A recently published article listed several tips a person can take to decrease feeling anxious and depressed:

Connect with others with a smile, a friendly “good morning,” or “hi.” Send a handwritten note to someone you admire or who could use a word of encouragement. Drop a surprise present on a neighbor’s doorstep. Better yet, invite that same neighbor over for a cup of tea, a glass of wine or for a game. Or include that neighbor for next Wednesday’s OHI at Berger Center.

Routines help stabilize life during times of unrest. Get up and go to bed about the same time each day; eat healthy meals; Everyday, do something for physical health. It will affect your mental health as well. Wednesdays with JoRene classes is part of a health enhancing routine. (Zoom is also offered 967 9942 2442 passcode 573596.)

Stay informed. To be involved, you must be informed. What are the opportunities here in Oakmont? By dropping into a class, activity, concert or lecture, your mind opens, your interest awakens and your chances for making an interesting friend are
better than if you don’t show up. A well versed cliché, but a truth: 80% of success is just 80% showing up. Come to OHI on Wednesday and the group energy will take care of you!

Be grateful. Look at what is rather than what is not. Oakmont residents agree: this community makes it so easy to be happy. One reason OHI members are grateful: JoRene. This instructor puts so much time in preparing for each class: exercises are geared to students of a “certain age” and music is geared to the very spirited soul. JoRene cares. Come, hear the beat, feel the pulse. Sing along and be grateful. Gratitude is contagious. And you don’t need to self-isolate.

Steve Martin said it best when describing emotion. Using metaphors he opined: “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” Help yourself to sunshine, try a Wednesday exercise session.

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