Talk to a friend, family member or caregiver, and they’ll likely admit that stress is a part of their daily lives. In fact, more than one in three people worldwide report experiencing a lot of worry (39%) or stress (35%) during the day, according to Gallup’s 2019 Global Emotions Report. Especially for older adults, stress has the potential to impact long-term physical health, as well as mental stability. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the stress we feel, there are proactive steps we can take today to help alleviate some of our worries.“Aging can oftentimes feel like a roller coaster of emotions, especially as we are experiencing changes in our lifestyle or wellbeing,” said Lakelyn Hogan, gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead Senior Care. “While it is perfectly natural to feel anxious during changing and uncertain times, it’s important that we take a moment to reflect on our stress levels and think about healthy ways we can cope.”We all have an opportunity to help move our mindset from a place of fear to a place of hope. Coping with stress and anxieties can be challenging as you grow older, but doing so can offer impressive benefits to long-term health, even in small ways. The numerous benefits include improved mood, more restful sleep, lowered blood pressure and a boosted immune system, among other things.To better identify and reduce stress in our daily lives, Hogan recommends practicing these simple habits:
Whether it’s a quick stroll around the block or giving your grandchildren a call, start small by adding one or two of these tips to your regular routine. Once you feel ready, add more. After all, the best game plan to reduce stress is one that works with your preferences and lifestyle. For more tips and activities to relieve stress, visit http://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-activities/.