Your Letterbox Life Coach - Edition 4
Welcome to the fourth edition of ‘Your Letterbox Life Coach’ where we share health and wellbeing tips to put the ‘Well’ back into “Cherwell.’
If a loved one seems a little sad this winter, it’s a good idea to make an extra effort to spend additional time with them. However, if that loved one is an elderly relative, this can be difficult if we do not live nearby, and have busy lives and families of our own to take care of. The winter months bring more than cold temperatures; they can often usher in a wave of the winter blues. Many older people in our communities can experience depression due to lack of sunshine and limited activities throughout the winter months. Our seniors are at a higher risk of feeling down, due to a combination of factors, which include lack of mobility and minimal contact with other people, loneliness, in other words.
A lot of us have been very moved by the Channel 4 TV series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, and have found the interactions between our oldest and youngest generations absolutely delightful. With that in mind, a post in a local Facebook Group caught my eye recently and made me feel so proud to be part of this town. We seem to be finally moving away from materialism and consumerism to focus more on kindness and compassion, and it’s wonderful to see. Banbury has such potential to be on one of those ‘Best places to live in the UK’ lists, we just need to keep on working together and staying connected.
Here is the post… (See image)
This is clearly a great start, and I’m sure many more people will become involved as the project rolls out. Do please contact Banbury Aspirations Campus if you would like to become involved.
As always, I’m a firm believer in home remedies too, so here are some suggestions for beating those Winter Blues. Daily diet plays an important role, and according to many scientific studies, vitamin D deficiency may affect mental health. Choosing a healthy, vitamin-rich diet is one of the ways to help you and your loved ones to feel positive when it’s cold and damp outside. Start the day right with a fortified breakfast cereal containing vitamin D. Eat plenty of fresh veggies - spinach, kale, nuts, white beans (cannellini or butter beans) edamame beans and chestnut mushrooms all contain vitamin D. And of course, the source of vitamin D is sunshine, so even in the Winter it’s important to get outside.
I’ve already replied to the above post, and I hope to meet many of you who have also chosen to support this fantastic initiative. Young people have a lot to teach us, if we let them. Especially 4 year olds!
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