We watched Glenbrooke being built and knew right away that we would be selling our home to enjoy our retirement here. We have been here since 2003 and we will continue living here. Glenbrooke’s staff is second to none and they have become our family. Our friends that live here at Glenbrooke are also more like family. We enjoy the activities and lifestyle that Glenbrooke offers and truly believe there is not a better place to live out our retirement!
Beating Depression During the Holidays Back
Let's begin by understanding that depression is real and it is not a sign of weakness. There are two types of depression, 1) caused by brain disease where people lose some (or all) of their ability to feel happiness from happy things. When you cannot find happiness or pleasure you lose interest in activities and feel sad or numb. 2) Caused by reaction to a severed loss or your involvement in a serious situation. This person can still laugh at funny things but when the situation comes up they are reminded of it and get sad or upset and the cycle of depression starts again. Holidays make a great impact on depression because of what the holidays bring. It is expected that holidays bring happiness but for many people holidays carry a lot of stress. People stress about guests coming in, shopping for gifts, they have to bake, clean or entertain or being lonely because they do not have family.
Here are some tips to help you deal with depression during the holidays:
- Get out and get some sunlight and exercise. This time of the year the days are shorter and the sunlight isn't around as long. Go for brisk walks and get your blood flowing. When you are depressed, your tendency is to stay put so fight it and get some exercise. The release of endorphins will help you to feel better.
- Don't abandon healthy habits. It is easy to over eat or overindulge in other things and this will add to your stress and guilt. Make sure that you eat a healthy snack before you head to a party. Get enough rest and sleep so that your body feels rested.
- Acknowledge your feelings. If you are upset about a loss know that what you are feeling is natural and it is okay to feel sadness and grief. You should embrace the sadness even though it's the holiday season. Reach out to those around you. If you feel lonely or isolated, share these feelings so that others know and can include you. Sometimes people will isolate you because they think you want to be alone. Open communication about your wants and desires will be helpful and beneficial for all.
- Plan your holidays out:
If you have to shop: Plan a shopping day. Make a list of those you need to buy gifts for, what you want to get them and what stores should carry these items.
If you have to bake or cook: Make a list for what you are baking & cooking. Plan menus and shopping list. This will help you prevent last minute shopping frenzies that will cause so much stress on you.
- Say YES to you, which means you must learn to say NO to others. Saying yes to somebody or something means you will have to say no to you or your needs. You must remember that you need to say yes to yourself so that you can protect yourself.
- Finally and most importantly: If you need professional help, do not put it off. Seek professional help. There is a stigma that has been put on people that seek professional help. Think of it this way - people go the gym for their physical health, people go to church for their spiritual health, people go to school for their knowledge health so going to therapy is to protect, maintain and be emotionally healthy.
As a widower, I felt extremely lonely and disconnected in my neighborhood and home. My friend introduced me to the idea of retirement living in an independent retirement community. I looked at several in Brevard County, but none had the sense of family or friendliness that Glenbrooke has. I’m here at Glenbrooke to stay!
I waited too long to make the move to Glenbrooke. I visited many times and told several of my friends to move, but couldn't seem to brave it for myself. The staff at Glenbrooke never gave up on me, and even helped to see me through the selling of my home and assisted with all the arrangements to make the move! I now feel that I have regained my zest for life and am proud to say that I have found the person I enjoy spending all my time with. I would have never had such an opportunity staying in my house. I am truly at home here!
My husband and I selected Glenbrooke as our home of choice to enhance our retirement lifestyle, but never thought about what Glenbrooke would offer if either of us passed away. After his passing, our children asked me to move closer to them. Even with my limited vision, I am able to maintain an independent, active, vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. The staff is always available to meet any wants or needs that I may have, and they always do it with a smile and a hug.
Moving to Glenbrooke is the best decision I have ever made. I feel safe, secure and completely at home. My friends and family who come to visit can’t believe that my apartment is so spacious and beautiful! They are always complimenting me on my home and I never get tired of hearing the words “what a nice apartment”. The friends and family I have gained since moving here have definitely helped fill a void in my life, and I have peace of mind everyday knowing I have the freedom to engage as much or as little as I want.
I LOVE Living at Glenbrooke! They truly care about us. We asked for a change to the food and it was done quickly and is delicious. Thank you, Glenbrooke for taking such great care of us and making sure we are happy residents.