Stress Management Tips for Seniors
Posted by Mike McQuinn on May 16, 2017 | no comments
Stress doesn’t simply evaporate from the life of your senior family members just because they no longer have to go to work from nine till five. In fact, it can be even more difficult for them to deal with their stress, due to the fact that they may not be physically active enough to get that stress out in various ways, like through working out.
But they still have to do something in order to manage that stress. There are a variety of ways that the elderly can manage their stress, and here are just a few of the better methods they have available to them.
Meditation is a great way to get rid of stress because it simply quiets the mind. And not only does meditation help to relieve you of stress that you’re feeling at the time, but it can even make it easier for you to let go of stress in the future!
For the elderly members of your family, the best thing about meditation is that it is so low-key, requiring so little effort and exertion. This means that you can meditate your stress away and it doesn’t have to wipe you out for the day.
While meditation may be great for preventing future stress, there are few things that will be as helpful as yoga for both relieving stresses and keep fit and limber. The slow, calm, calculated movements in yoga allow you to stretch your body, but the rhythm of the yoga helps soothe the mind and soul.
For the elderly, their ability to perform certain yoga positions will have limits, seeing as they are less likely to be limber. But that doesn’t mean that the slow, soothing movements of yoga will not help them to release their stress and to process it.
I’m not talking about the puzzles with all the little interlocking pieces, but rather ‘thinking’ puzzles. Things like Sudoku, Crossword puzzles, and even various Brain Teasers that your elderly relative may enjoy performing.
The benefits of these puzzles are twofold. Firstly, they provide the senior in your life with a sense of accomplishment upon completion, as well as providing them with something to concentrate on. Concentrating on solving a Sudoku puzzle (and they can require all that concentration and more) doesn’t allow them the thought to waste on whatever is vexing them. Secondly, they keep the brain active, and for a senior, that is never a bad thing.
If you’ve ever gone to a psychologist’s office or a counselor, especially if you have anger issues, they are apt to tell you about breathing exercises. And while this sounds funny to many, the truth is that they work.
Calming breathing exercises are a great way to get rid of stress immediately by focusing the attention of your elderly relative on something else. More than that, it helps to calm someone down, and it can give them a few seconds’ worth of reflection before they react. This is especially important if they are generally quick to anger or hold on to stress a long time.
If you’re looking for more stress management tips, you will be well served to talk to a professional in stress management. Find what works best for the senior in your life, and stick with it, and stress will be a thing of the past.