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Seniorcare Advice: Stress Management Techniques for Seniors

Nov 21, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan

There are a number of reasons senior citizens may be stressed. Physical challenges, financial struggles, and the loss of loved ones are some of the most common stressors among the older population. Since stress can turn into depression and lead to other serious problems, seniorcare providers encourage their senior clients to try these stress management techniques.

Exercise Daily

Stress relief is one of the most important benefits of regular exercise. When seniors make it a priority to work out every day, they are can increase their endorphins, which is a hormone that makes them happy. Seniorcare aides suggest that older adults mix up their workout routine and try yoga, Pilates, strength training, swimming, and cycling.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Research has proven that there is a direct correlation between lack of sleep and higher stress levels. For this reason, it is essential for older adults to receive at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each evening. Investing in a comfortable mattress, avoiding heavy meals before bed, and removing all distractions can all help them achieve a good night’s sleep.

Stay Organized

Believe it or not, a messy house or confusing schedule can cause older adults to feel stressed out. Therefore, they should take the time to declutter their home, create to-do lists every morning, and keep track of all of their appointments and events on a calendar.

Practice Gratitude

Seniors should understand that nobody has a perfect life. Stress is something that everyone faces at some point in their life. Rather than focusing on the difficulties of life, older adults should practice gratitude. Seniorcare aides suggest they keep a gratitude journal that they write in and/or look at every time they are feeling stressed.

Exercising daily, getting plenty of sleep, staying organized, and practicing gratitude are all effective ways for older adults to keep their stress levels to a minimum. 

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