To celebrate World Mental Health day, we have teamed up with Lottie and The Chase Care Home in Cambridgeshire to share some advice from experts in living a happy life. The residents of The Chase Care Home have some wonderful and inspiring tips. How to achieve what we all want, happiness.
Given the average age of residents at The Chase is 85 years old, they have lived incredible and varied lives. Lives that are filled with the wisdom of experience and a lifetime of self-care! They have kindly shared their self-care advice with us. Giving us the benefit of their knowledge for better mental health.
- Anne (92-years-old): You’ve got to keep your sense of humour; life is too short not to!
- Dawn (83-years-old): Animals always cheer me up if I’m feeling down – and they don’t answer back!
- Di (77-years-old): Help others whenever you can; it makes the world a better place
- Fred (96-years-old): You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative
- Monika (79-years-old): Live your life how you want to live it
- Phillip (89-years-old): Keep it simple with water and whisky!
Supporting the NHS
The Chase Care Home does more than just care and support their residents. They are invested in good mental health for their workers also. For this reason they have arranged a ‘mini mindfulness moment’ the NHs staff local to them!
Catherine Frost, General Manager at The Chase, shares, “We’re so excited to offer our very own ‘mini mindfulness moment’ for staff at the local hospitals, blue light services and the NHS. Everyday, they go above and beyond for our local community and we’re proud to be able to give them an opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate, all from the comfort of our care home.
“Wellbeing and taking care of yourself is important at any age, but especially as you get older. That’s why spending time with our residents and sharing their positive words of wisdom and their life experiences is so very important. If our residents’ advice could help even one person who may be feeling low, isolated or struggling with their mental health, it would be an incredible outcome.”
They have pledged to provide a complimentary two-course lunch and spa treatments. For staff at local hospitals, blue light workers and anyone who works for the NHS in the local area. We think this is a fantastic idea and wonderful way to give back!
Self-Care As We Age
Hannah Karim, Care Expert Manager at Lottie, talks about why looking after our mental health is vital as we grown older.
“We’re seeing first-hand the extent of loneliness in local communities across the UK. New research from Lottie has found a surge in online searches for feelings of loneliness over the last 12 months, including a 1500% increase for the search ‘I’m feeling lonely’ across the UK.
That’s why activities run by The Chase, where older adults are sharing their heartfelt advice for anyone feeling low or struggling, is so very important. It brings local communities together and shows just how crucial it is to look after yourself and seek support if you’re struggling.”
We have been enamoured with the residents of The Chase and their advice. The wisdom gained from experience is always something we should take notice of. We couldn’t agree more with what they suggest.
What self-care tips do you have for improving your mental health? Let us know over on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter. You can find more ideas for fantastic ways to boost your mood in our Wellness & Self-Care section!