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Stress Management Tips for Seniors

Stress Management Tips for SeniorsWhile many Seniors find joy in their retirement, it doesn’t mean that the golden years don’t come without some problems. Just like any stage of life, health, relationships and finances can be a source of stress. Seniors need their own set of tactics to help manage stress, especially since they may no longer have access to the same routines or comforting places. Here are a few of our favorite stress management tips.

1. Get Social

It may seem counter intuitive to add more people or conversations into your life when you’re stressed. But for Seniors especially, connecting with others can be extremely helpful. Whether it takes your mind off things for a time, or helps you realize you’re not alone, a little social time can go a long way toward managing stress.

2. Meditate

Don’t be intimated by the word “meditate.” Meditation can take lots of forms, like prayer, a quiet walk or even a few minutes of deep breaths. Keep it simple and try a meditation podcast, like Meditation Minis, which has free guided sessions that are often less than ten minutes long.

3. Draw on Your Past

One of the best things about being a “person of a certain age,” is that you have lots of experience to draw from. Reframe current stressors into “challenges” or “tests” and use what you know has worked in your past to meet them head on.

4. Try Something Tactile

Pet a cat, learn to crochet, do a puzzle, paint or work with clay. It’s hard to stay stressed when your hands are busy or you’re learning something new. While sewing a quilt or building a model car doesn’t mean problems are gone forever, it might just give you the break you need to tackle your problems with a fresh perspective.

5. Be “Healthful”

“Healthy” can look different after 60, which is why we prefer the term “healthful.” Combat stress by doing what you can to be your best healthful self. Whether that means an extra helping of veggies at dinner, or adding more water to your routine, even tiny adjustments can help manage stress.

No matter what you do to combat stress, know that you’re not alone. Reach out to someone…even a simple chat can do wonders.

These 5 stress management tips are just a few of the many ways to deal with stress. If you have questions or would like to learn more, reach out to us for information about the senior care and services at Generations.

  • Your blof is very nice such a useful information for elder people health regarding. In older age people need more care of their health and make them away from stress is our responsibility.
    Steps you are given are really working and its amazing.

  • Zareena ali says:

    The biggest hurdle for seniors can be loneliness in the golden years because they might not go out more and become less socially active. Spending time outdoors or joining a community center can be perfect for seniors who often feel depressed and lonely at home. Meditation yoga is extremely popular among older adults as it can help them lead a peaceful life.

  • Steve Coe says:

    Hi Kimberly!
    These are certainly very effective tips. My dad used to stay depressed after retirement, normally because of staying at home all the time, then I researched on the internet about tips and ways to de-stress and found these approaches to be very effective. Now, my dad goes out with friends twice a week and spends a day at park people-watching. He also loves to paint, although he is not a very fine painter, it just helps him feel happy. I used to take him to meditation classes but then he started meditating with neighbors for feeling better and sharing feelings and thoughts. Thanks for sharing these effective ways. I truly believe them to be helpful and suggest others to follow them too.

  • VMC says:

    Stress management is one of the best way to keep yourself healthy at the elder ages. Thanks Kimberly Bergmann for these tips with us.

  • It’s a nice read. Thanks for sharing the useful tips. Stress and anxiety are common in many seniors. Social interaction, meditation, or physical exercise are some of the best ways to help seniors live life to the fullest.

  • Joseph Smith says:

    These are the best tips, especially for seniors who live alone. Thanks for sharing. Seniors do feel isolated and stressful at an older age and trying any of the 5 tips can help them feel better. Socialization and exercise can help seniors in many ways.

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