Managing your health is necessary at any age, but it is even more important as you get older. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and should never be overlooked. Stress management should be a top priority for seniors.

 

Many seniors have to deal with a variety of factors that raise their stress levels on a daily basis. Highly likely factors include:

  • Grief
  • Health Conditions
  • Injuries
  • New Living Conditions

While some of these factors are more difficult than others, seniors and their family members need to be on the lookout for the debilitating effects of stress. Stress not only brings along physical problems, but it can take a toll on your overall health as well.

 

According to Harvard Health Publishing, stress can lead to the following issues:

Physical effects: A senior who is stressed may develop tension headaches, indigestion, heart palpitations, crying, or overeating.

Mental effects: The negative effects of stress on your mental health include difficulty sleeping, short term memory loss, poor concentration, anxiety, depression and irritability.

Dangerous effects: Long-term stress can lead to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and an increased risk for heart disease.

These effects from stress can be problematic; however, if you take the proper steps to avoid stress, you can decrease your chances of developing more health problems.

Stress Management Tips:

  • Write it down

Journaling on a daily basis is a great way to release your thoughts. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what you are feeling, but writing it all down will make it clearer for you. Adding journaling into your daily routine is an ideal first step to managing your stress.

  • Read

Reading is not only a wonderful distraction, but it is also a tool for inspiration. Emerge yourself in literature, poetry, or any topic that excites you. Reading is good for your health because it allows you to constantly think about ideas and concepts. Keeping your brain occupied is crucial for stress management.

  • Meditate

Everyone has their own method when it comes to meditation, so find what works best for you. Whether it be simple breathing exercises and stretches or ten minutes of silence, participate in mindful meditation every day. This will help control your thoughts and keep you feeling relaxed.

  • Play with a pet

Playing with a pet is a fun way to reduce your stress levels and improve your mood quickly. Take the time to play with your favorite furry friend each day in order to feel calmer. If you don’t own a pet, look into therapy pets that may be available for you to play with.

  • Exercise

Regular exercise can boost your mood, improve your physical health, and help you clear your mind. Make sure to exercise only to your personal abilities to avoid injuries, and get assistance if needed. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress.

  • Talk to a friend or family member

Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to. Reach out to someone you trust and talk to them about your current stressful situations. Also take the time to have a fun conversation with them as well. Socializing will help keep your mental health in check and is great for stress management.

  • Be involved in activities & hobbies

Get involved in your favorite hobbies or find new activities you can participate in. It can be a craft, a game, a social activity, or anything else you discover. Adding recreational fun into your daily life can improve your stress levels and make you feel happier overall.

  • Listen to music

Listening to certain types of music has a calming effect on the brain. Listen to your favorite genre of music and your favorite songs. Calm music can settle you down and upbeat music can increase your happiness. Choose your music based on how you need to improve your mood. Listening regularly will decrease your stress over time.

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