At all ages, stress management is an important part of life for our health and wellbeing. For seniors, keeping up with stress management and exercise protocols is vital to making sure that we stay healthy and active throughout our retirement years.
As we age, we start to face new stressors such as:
- Coping with loss;
- Decline in health;
- Decline in mobility; or
- Loss of independence.
When we are stressed, our brains react by releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Over time, the brain begins to have a more difficult time regulating those hormone levels and begins to produce a larger amount of them. These hormones in large amounts can be harmful to parts of the brain, as well as damaging to your physical health. Studies have shown that higher stress levels are linked to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.
How to Manage Stress
To help you to best manage your stress, first pinpoint your stressors. What causes stress in your life? Knowing what most causes you to be stressed will help you to eliminate it. Once you are aware of what causes you stress, the following tips can help to alleviate it:
- Getting your heart rate up for at least thirty minutes per day helps to boost your mood and eliminate stress. Find a physical activity that you enjoy – such as walking, biking, or swimming.
- Be Social. Friends and acquaintances can help to alleviate stress by listening to you and helping you to be social. Often times, you can help them to relieve their stress too.
- Try Something New. Changing your routine can help to alleviate stress by giving you something new to focus on. Try a new, interesting hobby or experiment with a change in your daily routine.
- Relief Techniques. Some techniques such as meditating, or yoga may help to alleviate your stress.
Stress management for seniors is something that should not be forgotten about. Luckily, the above tips can help with easing some of the stressors of daily life and help you or your loved ones to feel less stressed out.