Stress is a condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age. While stress might seem benign, it can lead to very serious mental and physical health concerns. Seniors need to know how to recognize the signs of increased stress so that they can respond accordingly - and take steps to manage their stress levels.
Here are some tips, straight from Senior Helpers Berkeley.
How to Recognize Signs of Increased Stress in Seniors
Stress can manifest in a number of physical and emotional symptoms. For seniors, the signs of stress can be harder to identify as they age. It is important that seniors really pay attention to their bodies and how they feel.
Some of the most common signs of stress are feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty focusing on tasks or remembering things, irritability, headaches, lack of energy or motivation - even insomnia. If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a senior loved one then it's time to consider possible causes for increased stress levels and take steps towards better self-care.
Healthy Ways to Cope With Increased Stress
There are a number of ways to deal with stress, from reducing the number of items on a daily to-do list to setting aside time for meditation sessions. Here are three ways for senior adults to cope with increased stress:
Spending quality time with family, friends, or social groups can be an invaluable way to cope with stress. Socializing is good for relaxation and can significantly reduce feelings of depression and anxiety – two conditions that are highly linked with stress. Seniors can find a wide variety of different senior-friendly social groups designed just for them!
Physical exercise is a great way to reduce stress in both the body and mind. Light/moderate exercise like walking or chair yoga can help seniors maintain healthy physical levels. Exercise can help in releasing hormones that improve moods and relieve tension. It has also been proven to improve cognitive functioning and short-term memory, making it an invaluable tool for staying sharp.
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness can be excellent ways to reduce stress in day-to-day life. Deep breathing helps oxygen circulation throughout the body, reducing tension and calming both mind and body. Mindfulness involves decluttering thoughts and becoming more aware of oneself in the present moment.
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As we age, our ability to recognize and manage stress is increasingly tested. By recognizing the signs of increased stress in seniors, it's easier to implement healthy coping mechanisms such as social support groups, exercise, relaxation techniques, and self-care activities.
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