Westminster Communities of Florida believes that to be “well” you must consider the entire being: body, mind and spirit. We offer residents and team members an active and engaging lifestyle inspired by eight dimensions of holistic wellness. All summer we’ve been highlighting how you can take advantage of each of the eight dimensions of wellness to stay cool and active during the summer months, from physical well-being to spiritual wellness.
This final week, we’re focusing on our vocational dimension of well-being: staying active by finding new and fulfilling opportunities to remain engaged in our lives. Making use of your skills and abilities is a great way to stay engaged and active throughout the summer.
Keep up with your hobbies in the great outdoors — safely
Do you love to paint, bird-watch or take photos? Stick with them through the summer months, avoiding the peak of the heat: Paint en plein-air or bird-watch in the cool mornings. But keep in mind that it isn’t spring, and it’s important to stay safe and hydrated. Be sure to check on the local conditions before you go, and always bring a buddy or a group to stay safe. Don’t forget your water and sunscreen!
Try something you love but haven’t done before
Find a way to stay engaged in the summer months by finding something completely new. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but have never had the chance? The great indoors offers tons of opportunities: Learn to cook something new, take a pottery class, or even study a new language. Doing something different can help you gain new skills, meet new people and have a great time doing it. No matter what you choose, make sure it’s something that excites you and pushes you out of your comfort zone.
Become an art expert or a book collector
Libraries and museums are a great way to stay engaged in pleasant, air-conditioned spaces. Have you always wanted to read Anna Karenina or become an expert in Van Gogh’s unique paint strokes? You can find the engagement and resources you need to learn, with expert librarians and museum docents, who’d be happy to engage.
If you’re already an expert in these matters, consider volunteering at these organizations! You can lead a book-study group or even volunteer to be a docent yourself.
Help someone else out
During the summer months, the kids are out of school. Do you have a passion for teaching, subject matter expertise or a desire to help kids in need? Consider tutoring opportunities, help out at your local Big Brothers and Big Sisters club or inquire at your local school or public library about volunteer opportunities.
If you find you’d rather help adults in need, support furry friends, or help entrepreneurs launch new businesses, there are a variety of ways to lend a hand and be productive while staying indoors.
How to do it
You have a variety of fun ways to gain new skills, make use of your passion and meet new people while making a positive difference. But in the summer months, it’s important to stay safe.
Don’t forget our other tips on beating the heat this summer, emphasizing all eight dimensions of My W Life wellness. Learn all about it and find the Westminster community near you this summer and fall!