As we age, we often face new challenges and stressors that we didn’t have to deal with when we were younger. Health concerns, financial worries, and social isolation are just a few of the issues that seniors may face. However, many strategies can help reduce anxiety and improve overall well-being. As April is Stress Awareness Month, FirstLantic explores some of the most effective ways for seniors to take control of their mental wellness.
- Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress levels regardless of age. It can also improve sleep, increase energy levels, and promote well-being. Seniors can benefit from exercise in many ways, from walking to strength training to yoga to Tai Chi. Even gentle exercise can be effective in reducing anxiety.
- Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment and focusing on your breath, thoughts, and surroundings. You can practice mindfulness through meditation, yoga, or simply by taking a few minutes each day to focus on breathing and clear your mind.
- Stay Connected
Engaging with others can be extremely valuable as we age — especially for the 28% of seniors who live alone, as social isolation can be a stressor. Staying connected with friends and family through phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits can help improve your overall well-being. You can also join local community groups or volunteer. Actively supporting an important cause is a fantastic way to feel aligned with something bigger than yourself.
- Get Enough Sleep
Okay, for the millions of Americans who have insomnia, this may be easier said than done but getting enough sleep is essential for improving mood and keeping mentally alert. Seniors may need more sleep than younger adults but also experience more sleep disruptions. However, you can use strategies to improve your rest, such as establishing a regular schedule, creating a calming bedtime routine, turning off electronic devices, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed.
- Practice Self-Care
Self-care involves taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as getting a massage, taking a relaxing bath, or spending time in nature. You can also practice self-care by engaging in activities like reading, gardening, or listening to music.
- Adopt a Pet
Studies show that having a pet lowers blood pressure in stressful situations. One study found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted shelter dogs, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months. And people aged 65 plus with pets make over 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without a furry friend.
In conclusion, there are many techniques to reduce stress, such as exercise, mindfulness, staying connected, getting enough sleep, practicing self-care, and connecting with a furry friend. By incorporating these strategies, you can improve your overall well-being and enjoy a more fulfilling life.
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