22 Jan February 2021 – Case Managers
It is very common this time of year to feel a sense of sadness. Older adults often find themselves feeling a little sad when children and grandchildren get back to the grind with work and school. Most years this would happen after spending time with friends and family over the holidays.
This year may be more difficult as many spent time alone over the holidays or were only briefly with friends and family through a chilly porch visit, on a screen or over the phone. There is also another factor to consider. Feeling blue can also be blamed on our climate. Sadness or depression are common during winter months since we don’t go outside as often. Lack of time outside in the sun can cause our vitamin D and serotonin levels to drop which can result in “feeling blue” or depressed. This is a great time to be proactive to combat or minimize these feelings. Here are some ideas to help prevent feelings of sadness and depression.
Ten ways to combat the Blues…even during a Pandemic:
- Eat. Focus on healthy and non-processed foods. While doing so, think about what you are putting in your body. It can make a huge difference in how you feel.
- Move. Being active looks different for everyone. A stationary bike, a walk outside or simply doing a few laps walking around at home. The important thing is just to move.
- Socialize. This may look different this year. Make a list of friends to call this week or write them a letter. Set a goal and do it.
- Focus. It’s so easy to let the negativity grasp your attention. Focusing on positive things can improve your mood and perspective.
- Be Kind. Start with you! Give yourself some grace during this difficult time.
- Discover. Find something to do. Crafts, a project you put off or something else you have always wanted to try.
- Feel. Accept your feelings. If you are feeling blue reach out to someone such as friends, family, case manager or your doctor.
- Be Grateful: Take time each day to write down something you are grateful for.
- Schedule your sleep. It’s easy to sleep too much if we are feeling down. Set a regular sleep/wake schedule and minimize naps.
- Plan. Be intentional. Plan your day, your week, your month or even the rest of the year!
If you are feeling blue, pick up the phone and give me a call! It’s February already; the middle of winter. I am definitely a bigger fan of Spring, Summer and Fall, but I do get some enjoyment out of winter. When it comes to the cold months, I just wish they would wrap up a little sooner in the Midwest… say mid-February!
Here is a picture of the woods near my house. My children and I have been walking our puppy there daily and it has been a gorgeous sight with all of the snow on the trees. Be sure to check out the resources on page 16-17. We miss you!
In December, I lost a good friend, Joni. Joni was my weekend sidekick and fellow dispatcher when I worked at Med Flight and her passing was sudden. Joni had a beautiful virtual service, and even though under normal circumstances I would have grieved alongside my former colleagues, I still felt at peace with the way I said goodbye.
I understand finding peace has been difficult for many people who have experienced the loss of a loved one over the past year. The familiar traditions and human connections that help bring us comfort during our time of mourning, such as gathering with family and friends, have come to an abrupt halt. For other folks, mourning a loss during this time might be the fact that they’ve been unable to visit a loved one or visit someone who’s sick in the hospital. Mourning the loss of a pet, the loss of a daily routine such as volunteering or the loss of a social connection, like the Senior Center has been like navigating unchartered waters. Please know we are here for you. If you need extra support during the pandemic, please call the Senior Center at 608-845-7471.
Did you know by calling 211 or by using their website, 211wisconsin.communityos.org, you have access to hundreds of resources and service information?
The call is free and available 24/7. 211 offers local information and provides links for topics such as;
- COVID – 19 vaccine information
- Contact numbers for mental health professionals, peer
- Disaster and severe weather information and updates support, legal support and more
Zoomin’ with Case Management!
Thursday, February 25 – 1:00 PM
Meet the Case Management team and learn about what we do! Details on page 16. Call the Senior Center at 845-7471 to register.
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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Olivia will be 10 months old on February 11! She likes Cheerios, veggies and is becoming quite the escape artist – she learned how to climb out of her bouncer saucer! She says “dada” & “hi” and has taken a few steps! For this grandma, nothing beats “Slumber Party Spa Saturday Nights” with my little bestie, Olivia. Oh, and she’s getting a bottom tooth!!
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m hopeful to see you soon! ~ Becky