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Protect your Mental Health during Stay Home Orders

May 1, 2020

Lady on exercise ballThe current challenge of COVID- 19 not only makes us carry extra pressures to observe our overall exposure to the disease but we must socially distance ourselves. Not to mention, living in a retirement community like Pisgah Valley, you may feel even more pressure at this time. That means we can’t be in the physical presence of our friends and support network that we lean on in times of crises. This has forced us to think about new ways of doing common activities. The changes that have taken place over the last few months have placed a lot of pressure on our minds to adapt, learn new ways, manage tense situations and survive. If someone is not careful, the pressure could lead to more health problems. Here are some ways to protect your mental health during a stay at home order:

Maintain some type of routine

For some, a break from the regular 9 to 5 can seem like a vacation. You can sleep in a little longer, pants are optional, and makeup does not need to be put on- that is, unless there’s a special Zoom meeting with the grandkids on the schedule for the day. When changes like this take place, maintaining some form of routine can help your mind and body feel less chaotic. Try to be consistent with going to bed at the same time, waking up at the same time, eat meals at regular times and practicing hygiene consistently every day.

Embrace technology but limit TV

Stay at home orders are challenging for many people but for the extroverts that lack socialization it can definitely weigh on the mind. If you find yourself itching to get out and be social then embrace technology. There are numerous virtual platforms for communicating with friends and family. Zoom has been very popular, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, etc. By utilizing technology in new ways for communicating we can truly be alone together. When it comes to entertainment, try to limit exposure to too much television. Pull out an old favorite book of yours instead.

Be good to your body and move everyday

Treat your body well and your mind will follow. Now that gyms, national forests and other group gatherings are closed, try to find ways to move around the house and keep that body working. Go for walks close by the home, look up free workout videos on youtube or other platforms. If you live in a retirement community, maybe you have gained access to some virtual classes through your wellness program much like Pisgah Valley has done for our residents. Share those with friends and family to get everyone moving!

Get quality rest

Make sleep a priority! Needless to say the amount of good quality sleep has been depleted by many throughout our current stay at home order. One of the best defenses against COVID – 19 is a strong immune system. In order to have a strong immune system, one must get adequate rest each night. Aim to get good quality sleep each night by going to bed at a normal time, moderating alcohol and caffeine intake, moderating technology use, and finding some time to unwind about an hour before laying down.

Take each day as it comes

Creating a gratitude journal is a great way to focus on the positive and recall blessings from the day. Take some time to start the day or end the day with a journal entry. By taking some time to write down your thoughts, you can practice mindfulness and not worry so much about uncertainties. By practicing some of the aforementioned tips, you may be able to escape this disease and keep your mental health during a stay at home order.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
-Jimmy Dean

Not all heroes wear capes!

April 3, 2020

Pisgah Valley retirement Community is grateful to all those essential workers who continue to man the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. To all of the physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, administrative workers, housekeepers, maintenance technicians, community chefs and too many more to list, we appreciate the sacrifice you make each and every day for our …Read More…

The Ever-changing World of Recycling

March 13, 2020

Each year at Pisgah Valley Retirement Community, we host a recycling review for the independent residents. This topic is always highly attended with members of the community ready to fire off questions of can this be recycled and can that be recycled? Over time, this has become an annual presentation because the world of recycling …Read More…

Memory Loss and External Causes

March 2, 2020

Most think memory loss is a natural progression in the aging process but this is not always the case. External factors can be the main contributors to memory loss. Throughout life annual wellness checks require assessing data such as blood pressure, weight, height, heart rate and oxygen levels. Depending on your age, the specific data …Read More…

Introducing Ageless Grace at Pisgah Valley Retirement Community

January 20, 2020

It’s never too late to begin. It’s never too early to start! What if someone told you there is an exercise class that anyone of any age and physical ability could participate in? What if someone told you that this class would not only engage the body but also engage all five functions of the …Read More…

Wellness Trends in 2020 for All Ages

January 2, 2020

Society has become tired, stressed and full of anxiety. More people report burn out from work than ever before and we all want to find effective ways to increase our quality of life rather than work ourselves to the bones. No matter the age of the person, this shift in society has proven to have …Read More…

Bring more Spirituality to your Home Environment

December 4, 2019

In your daily life there is so much think about and do. And then there are the holidays… The holiday season is a magical time of the year so why not focus on the spiritual side of things and less on the stressful to do’s? One easy way to incorporate more spirituality in to your …Read More…

Diabetes Testing. What does it all mean?

November 1, 2019

November is diabetes awareness month and Pisgah Valley is always happy to share information about this disease that affects so many. Currently there are over 100 million people living with some type of diabetes in the United States according to a 2017 report by the CDC. Contrary to many people’s thoughts on diabetes, this disease …Read More…

Understanding Balance Challenges within Humans

October 1, 2019

Preventing falls is a priority for anyone at any age. Falls can range from a very simple loss in balance resulting in the need to grab a wall before hitting the ground or they can be severe by making complete contact with the ground resulting in a blow to the head or broken limb. Either …Read More…

Your Brain on Humor

August 28, 2019

Finding time for one joke in your day may make you smarter, healthier, sexier and happier. It’s no joke that at Pisgah Valley we like to have fun and that laughter can be the best medicine (no pun intended) but do you know exactly how laughter activates the brain and the multiple benefits we receive …Read More…

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Candler, NC 28715


Pisgah Manor

104 Holcombe Cove Road
Candler, NC 28715