Stress is commonly known as the sensation of being overwhelmed or being unable to cope with related pressures. While it is a completely normal feeling that can help with overcoming difficult moments, chronic stress can have a detrimental impact on a person’s overall health. This is especially so when it comes to older adults who have lower physical resilience to stressors and the hormones that produce stress.
Luckily, stress can be managed and alleviated by understanding the sources and through proper techniques. Here are some assisted living activities to manage the stress that you can try.
Breathing exercises are an easy way to relieve stress in the moment. Ensuring that you maintain a stable rate of breathing can prevent hyperventilating and also allow for a clearer mind when approaching stressful situations. When practiced regularly, it can help with greater mindfulness and being able to block out distractions.
On top of breathing exercises, meditation is also a great way to better ground yourself during stressful situations. Meditation uses different techniques to help develop mindfulness, self-reflection, gratitude, and an overall greater sense of peace. This is a practice that can be easily carried out anywhere without any equipment, making it perfect for reducing stress in the moment.
Having a proper diet is crucial to helping your body be better able to perform to its fullest potential. This means having the recommended intake of fruits, vegetables, and proteins while limiting sugar and caffeine intake. This ensures that your body has sustainable levels of energy in order to process whatever comes your way.
Having hobbies that you enjoy and can take part in on a regular basis can help with stress relief. Regardless of the interests you have, social circles, or your beliefs going into your hobbies, they are a constructive way of focusing their energy and having a break from the stressors in their daily life. More importantly, it can bring joy and purpose to a person’s life.
Stress and anxiety can come from uncertainty. The best way to overcome this is by having greater levels of organization and establishing a stable routine to rely on. To begin with, taking time to declutter, organize and clean out your living space can help to reduce the stressors that you face in your daily life. More importantly, it can create a safe space at home and a system that is reliable.
Getting Support from Assisted Living
Mobility and mental limitations can be huge sources of stress for older adults. Sometimes, it can require the support of certified professionals to ensure that they have guidance and a personalized wellness program to better manage their stressors. At TerraBella Spartanburg, we offer a stress-free living with our comprehensive exclusive senior living programs and amenities.
For more information on the different senior living options that we offer and our approach towards mental wellness, contact us today through this online form or by calling us at 864.465.8604.