Stress is part of our life journey. Whether it’s a positive or negative occurrence, stress happens. For adults who are done with raising children and career responsibilities, they find there are different stressors that arrive. Older adults ten to be concerned or worried about their health, independence slipping away, managing finances for unknown numbers of years ahead, and the death of loved ones. This is all normal stress, but seniors need healthy coping skills.
Studies have proven that stress is often connected with mental and physical problems, ranging from anxiety and depression to hypertension and even a lowered immunity. Unmanaged stress can increase the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25%, and stroke by 50%. Stress can make other existing medical conditions worse, as well. What can a senior do to manage stress in a healthy way?
Actually, there are numerous stress relief techniques to be learned that can improve health and wellbeing. The following items might be helpful to you or your loved one.
Meditate when feeling anxious, or on a daily basis
Practice deep breathing or study mindfulness techniques
Spend time with friends and family
Exercise consistently and eat healthy whole foods
Write feelings and ideas in the morning or before going to sleep
Start a gratitude journal. Reflect on all the positive things that happen
Volunteer your time at a community cupboard or neighborhood non-profit
Determine to increase your productivity. Make a to-do list and check it off
Find a senior yoga class or try practicing at home
Enjoy soothing music before going to bed
Watch a comedy or a funny show
Travel, take a break to recharge your attitude
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