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Stress and Health Management Tips for Seniors

Aging can come with chronic stress and contribute to  health issues. Stress and health can go hand-in-hand whether it is about stress management skills or the food you eat.

Journaling

Sometimes the best thing to do is put it down in writing whether it is how you are feeling or just the events of the day. You don’t have to be a writer to use writing or journaling as a tool for stress management.

If you have trouble writing, there are electronic options such as a tablet or keyboard that can allow you to write without having to hold a pencil.

Meditation or yoga

Meditation and yoga are said to help you clear your mind and focus on what is important rather than deal with unnecessary stress. Not only are meditation and yoga forms of exercise, they can also help with your mental health.

Adopt a pet

Adopting a pet can help reduce or manage stress in several different ways. Adopting a dog and taking it for a walk forces you to get out of the house and get some exercise. A pet can help give you someone else to care for and focus on. The socialization people get from their pets can significantly improve their mental health whether you are struggling or not.

You can pick from a variety of pets such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, or rodents. Each type of pet can provide you socialization or daily tasks to fill your day. If you are interested in a cat or dog, you can reach out to a local rescue organization that can help partner you with the best pet for you.

Get some exercise

Exercise is important for people of all ages, but as you get older, staying active becomes crucial to staying healthy. Depending on what works for you, small exercises like walking around the mall or taking a pet for a walk can be enough. 

You can find a local group that visits malls or parks for walking or even a group focused on  swimming. Ask your local community what your options are and go from there.

Reading

Reading is one of the easiest ways to keep your mind sharp. There is a book genre that can suit everyone, so it is all about finding the niche that keeps your interest the best.

Reading can help keep your mind active and feel less alone by mentally taking you somewhere you otherwise would not have gone. Whether you love a good mystery or want to add some romance, you can visit your local library or bookstore to find what interests you. If mobility or transportation are an issue for you, tablets allow you to buy, rent, or loan ebooks to read without the hassle of travel.

Socialize

For some people it can be easy to fall out of touch with people in your life as you age. Major life changes can make it hard to keep in touch as well as maintaining any social structure as part of things you enjoy doing..

Social media now makes it easier to keep in contact with people you may have otherwise lost track of. You can meet new people with common interests or even keep friendships alive that are dealing with long distance.

Listen to music

Music is known to help change moods. This can apply to a bad day or something that makes you want to get up and dance. Music keeps your mind active and on top of helping your mood, give you something (or someone) to have in common with others. The love for a particular artist or type of music can be a step towards socializing whether it is attending a concert together or finding someone locally or online that shares your feelings.

Music can help provide the escape or distraction that you need to manage your stress.

Craft or hobby

There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafts and hobbies. Adult color books have become popular and can help you focus your feelings on something easy and relaxing. Whether you are interested in painting, knitting, cross-stitching, photography, or building toy cars, hobbies can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Have you ever been interested in plants or gardening? Maybe now is the time to start! You can start with a small plot outside or some potted plants to keep in the house. The act of caring for plants and growing a flower or herb plant can help you feel a renewed sense of life.

See a counselor

Seeing a counselor is something that can benefit everyone, young or old. Previously there has been a stigma attached to the idea of seeking outside help with someone like a counselor, but we know now it is a positive experience for almost everyone.

Even if you do not think you are struggling with your mental health, having a professional to talk things through can benefit you. Talk to your doctor about recommendations if you need some help.

The type of stress relief that works best depends on what someone is experiencing. If a disability is a source of stress, changes in your home may help you live more independently. If your health is an issue, talk to your doctor about any recommendations that you may need to get further help. Do not let your stress and health get away from you.

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Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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