Spend quality time with family
by Eileen O’Callaghan, Senior Program Coordinator

Email me at eileenoc@ipcboston.org or call 617 265 5300 x 13

Switch It Off - We’re all so connected and switched on all the time, it’s easy to feel like your phone is an extension of your arm. Research has proven that spending too much time on social networking sites like Facebook can increase anxiety. SO take some time to switch off and tune into other parts of your life.
Take a trip - It doesn’t have to be a five star holiday and it doesn’t even have to involve a plane, but seeing something new is good for your soul. Road-trip to the some Boston hotspots you’ve never been to or just haven’t been in a while. Keep an eye out for Boston Free Fridays where you can visit museums, the harbor Islands and many more for free! Visit Highland street for more information.

Cherish the Little Moments -Take a step back and cherish the little things. Be it children or grandchildren, good friends, a great pet or even simply a good cup of tea - appreciate the small things!
Lend a Hand - One of the best ways to feel better about yourself is to help someone else. The satisfaction gleaned from helping others does wonders for your self-worth, so make the time. Even if it's something as simple as offering to walk the dogs for a local shelter, or spend an hour or two a week in a local charity shop, knowing you're making a difference is a very powerful feeling. Contact us here at the IPC to learn about more volunteer opportunities.
Plan a Date with Yourself - Set aside some time every week to be alone, quiet, and doing the things you like to do. Run a bath, try out some beauty treatments, read something you’ve meant to for years or cook a delicious meal for one. Whatever your form of relaxation is, devote time to it and the brain break means you’ll be better able to get through the hectic times when they roll back around.
Your Health is your Wealth - Don’t put off any niggling concerns. Make sure to have a health screening once a year whether you feel like you need it or not. Take your test appointments when they come and get your teeth checked and cleaned once ever six months. Follow a healthy diet not in a bid to lose weight, but knowing that good food is the fuel that keeps you going. Treat your body with the love and care it deserves – after all, it’s the only one you’ve got.
Embrace the fear - A niggling feeling of not being good enough/strong enough/brave enough or talented enough plagues us all from time to time. It’s on these occasions that you really need to ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’. It’s your adrenaline kicking in, but back yourself to know you can achieve your goals, and let ‘nothing will stop me’ be your mantra. Say it enough times and you'll believe it too.
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Senior Moments at the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston

All Smiles at the CARA Club on the recent coffee gathering.
 Please feel free to call Eileen at 617 265 5300 x 13 for more information on IPC Senior Citizen Outreach Program activities and services