Posted on Apr 17, 2014
Exercises for Stress Reduction and In Home Care for Seniors
We are always looking for ways to reduce stress in our lives. Stress can be very hard on our mental and physical health. Stressors good and bad are a normal part of everyday; but prolonged stress can really weigh us down and can make it difficult to enjoy life. There are many familiar ways to reduce stress including meditation, yoga, and communication.
Preparation is a simple exercise for stress reduction; if you are ahead of any potential stressors such as running late for an appointment because you can’t figure out what to wear, you will feel on top of things if you are prepared. You can prepare for the day ahead but setting out your outfit the night before, organize your paperwork and make a to-do list of the day’s chores. Sometimes, just mentally preparing for the next day or week can be a great stress reliever. Waking the next morning knowing that you are in control of the situation will set a positive tone for the day.
It may seem like performing a chore like vacuuming would increase stress, but the opposite actually holds true. Doing any repetitive activity such as vacuuming, knitting and wiping down countertops is a quick and efficient way to achieve a calmer state of mind. Studies show these routine activities can reduce blood pressure and slow breathing and heart rate. Focusing on a repetitive movement and keeping attention on the current task can stop your mind from wandering to negative thoughts and worries.
An effective exercise for stress reduction is actually physical activity. Strong evidence supports the fact that exercise is beneficial for any age. Even moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of major illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. People who incorporate regular exercise into their lifestyle have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and experience an overall higher quality of life. Daily physical activity leads to more restful sleep, a boost in self-esteem, better mood and increased energy. Even if you can’t hit the gym or trails, a brisk thirty minute walk during lunch or getting up several times a day to stretch and walk around will help relieve stress.
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