Well, November is fully upon us, and the holidays are just around the corner. After a nice autumn with a lot of colors, winter is starting to arrive. We’re enjoying the last glimpse of the sun. Two months of sun in summer and two months of darkness during winter. The season of thankfulness is here. I know that we’re thankful for our supportive residents and our dedicated staff! We want to wish each of our residents a happy and safe holiday!

This month, we want to shed light on living a healthy lifestyle. Live healthy, live longer. Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. Sure, healthy living is a long-term commitment, not a fad, but there are steps you can take that will make today healthier than yesterday, and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow, too!

Healthy living to most people means both physical and mental health are in balance or functioning well together. In many instances, physical and mental health are closely linked, so a change (good or bad) in one directly affects the other.

Wellness Tips

Another year has flown by, and the holiday season is here. This time of year presents a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining, just to name a few. But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress. It’s all about staying balanced and focusing on what really matters.

  1. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Remember to have a healthy snack before holiday parties so you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese, or drinks. Get plenty of sleep, and incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
  2. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spend 15 minutes alone without distractions. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing, and restoring inner calm. Options include practicing yoga, listening to soothing music, getting a massage, or reading a book.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change, as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones.
  4. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend, then stick to your budget.
  5. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends, and other activities. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients.

Guide to Smarter Grocery Shopping

A healthy diet starts at the grocery store. When planning your grocery list, fill your cart with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean meat, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts. Be adventurous and try a new fruit or vegetable each week. To assist in your shopping voyages, we have some quick tips for smarter, healthier shopping:

  • Produce — Choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables. The colors reflect the different vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient content of each fruit or vegetable.
  • Dairy — Dairy foods are an excellent source of bone-building calcium and vitamin D.
  • Meat, fish, and poultry — The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fish a week. Salmon is widely available, affordable, not too fishy-tasting, and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Frozen foods — Frozen fruits and vegetables (without sauce) are a convenient way to help fill in the produce gap, especially in winter.
  • Canned and dried foods — Tuna packed in water, low-fat soups, nut butters, olive and canola oils, and assorted vinegars are healthy pantry essentials.

Reminders & Updates

Please remember to stay hydrated throughout the holiday season. Explore herbal teas. Cut back on soft drinks, coffee, and sugars. Make sure to follow us on social media for all Tobin updates!

Building a Career in College

College is such a busy, crazy time for many people that focusing on the here and now is all most can do. Well, good news! There are several ways to incorporate career building into your everyday busy life. By taking the following steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a successful future for yourself:

  • Visit your university’s career center. Employers are focusing more and more on experience and skills rather than just good grades. Get in touch with organizations through the career center to branch out and participate in different activities you normally wouldn’t have. This gives you a chance to explore your major and others, and see what you’re truly passionate about.
  • Evaluate yourself. Your future employer will want to know why you’re a good fit for their company. College is about finding your strengths and weaknesses — take time now to figure out your skills, values, personality traits, and interests. Learning about yourself will help prepare you for interviews when you’re hit with the question, “What do you think you will excel at the most in this position?”
  • Challenge yourself. The more you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone, the more likely you’re to overcome your weaknesses. Apply for the part-time job at your apartment complex you normally wouldn’t apply for, or take that theater class you’ve always wanted to take. By challenging yourself, you’re building important skills and personality traits that will help you rise within your field.
  • Take your work seriously. Whether you have a part-time job or volunteer, take the experience seriously. You can use previous supervisors for references when you are beginning your career. It will pay off in the long run to succeed in the workplace by building useful skills that you’ll have for life.
  • Find a mentor. Find someone who is doing what you want to do. You can search on LinkedIn to get connected and network with others in your field who are also passionate about what they do. Talk to your professors and pick their brains as to why they chose the career they did. Once you find a mentor, everything can change. You become more motivated to succeed in something you love doing because you have someone who makes the experience a million times better.