Life has changed drastically for many of us over the last several months. The pandemic and all that has come with it have highlighted areas that were weak in our world, nation, community, and families, as well as provided opportunities for growth and incredible acts of kindness along the way, both large and small.

During this time of change and uncertainty, I have found myself working hard to fight overwhelm and continue to develop habits in my life to help myself and my family stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. These habits, while small, have helped me get through days that felt heavy and made it possible for me to keep moving forward. 

First up is grocery pick up or delivery. While many have become familiar with this during the pandemic, this has been something I have been utilizing for some time and may be a service to consider continuing for many after the pandemic has subsided. Not only does it reduce your exposure during the COVID-19 crisis, it also frees up time, helps reduce excess spending, and reduces driving for those who may feel increasingly uneasy behind the wheel as they age. Grocery delivery is available through most major grocery stores such as Meijer, Walmart, and Aldi.

Next up is simplifying your living space or decluttering. My family has spent the last year or so going through each room, as well as our basement storage, and cleaning out the excess items we do not use or need. Decluttering can help you feel lighter mentally since things feel more organized and less crowded. Simplifying your space also makes cleaning and straightening your area easier, but it also helps keep you safe if you have any concerns about falling, since there is less to bump into or trip over. With thrift stores opening back up, now is a great time to donate items you don’t need and make space for more peace and less fear about falling as you move around your home.

Finally, and possibly most importantly, is to stay connected! Stay at home orders and other social distancing guidelines make in-person connection more difficult, but there are still many ways to stay connected using technology. It may take getting outside of our comfort zone or learning something new, but there are so many options for keeping in touch with friends and family. In addition to talking on the phone, many cell phones offer video calling features to help you hear and see your loved ones on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure where to start or who to connect with, you can sign up for CareWell’s HouseCalls Phone Reassurance Program. Once you sign up, you will receive a weekly call from the staff at CareWell to ensure you are safe, healthy, and equipped with everything you need.

Small changes like these are helpful not just in times of crisis, but in all times because they foster wellness and can also offer sustained independence as our needs and abilities change. If you would like more information about CareWell’s HouseCalls program, call (269) 966-2450.

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