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Stress Management Tips for Older Adults

No matter what stage we are in life, chances are, there will be some level of stress present. Some factors for stress in older adults can include but are not limited to health concerns, loss of independence, finances, and loneliness. April is Stress Awareness Month. We have compiled a list of ways that older adults can combat some of life’s stresses.

How Stress Can Show Up

Stress can manifest itself in numerous ways. Here are some tell-tale signs that your loved one may be overcome by stress:

-          Difficulty Sleeping

-          Decline in Appetite

-          Irritability/Mood Swings

-          Trouble Concentrating

-          Increase in sickness


Tips for Managing Stress:

1.      Exercise


Exercising regularly for a period of 30 minutes per day can not only lower your blood pressure, but also boost your mood.


2.      Talk to Someone


Keeping all of your stresses bottled in is not healthy for the body. If you’re feeling stressed, talk to a trusted friend that will allow you the opportunity to vent, while keeping your conversation confidential.


3.      Journal


If you don’t have someone who you feel you can trust in your time of need, journaling may be an alternative. It will allow you the chance to release all of those negative emotions and remain private at the same time.


4.      Pray/Engage with a Faith-Based Group


When life’s stresses become too much to bear, many people rely on their faith to get them through. Praying and interacting with a faith organization allows you to know that you’re not alone and that someone is there to help you through.


5.      Seek professional help


If things seem to be out of control, it may be helpful to consult a professional in the form of a therapist, life coach, or financial advisor, depending on your specific situation.


What are some ways in which you combat stress? Leave a comment!



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