Stress Management Tips for Seniors from MediLodge and St. John River District Hospital

Life without any stress would be, frankly, boring.  But no one wants to have so much stress that it’s hard to stay focused – and older adults are no exception.  Some common life challenges many seniors face include:

  • Adjusting to retirement
  • Coping with health conditions
  • Changes in physical and cognitive abilities
  • Financial concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Caregiver duties if a spouse or loved one becomes unable to care for himself or herself


Five Steps To Less Stress

  1. Take care of yourself.  “You will be better equipped to deal with life’s challenges if you eat right, stay active and get enough sleep,” says Lauri Conroy, MD, an internist at St. John River District Hospital.  “If you have chronic conditions, work with your doctor to manage them.  Avoid self-destructive behaviors such as drinking or binge eating as ways to cope with stress.”
  2. Connect with others.  It is energizing to get out and about and interact with other people.  Stay socially active through community events, classes, clubs or whatever suits your interest.  “Support groups are great too:  They give you an opportunity to talk with people who understand firsthand just what you are going through,” says Elena Gupta, MD, an internal medicine and geriatric specialist at Providence and Providence Park Hospitals.
  3. Take a break from your worries.  We all need a mental break from our stress from time to time.  Give yourself permission to tune out your troubles long enough to flip through your favorite magazine, work on a puzzle, watch a favorite TV show or read a book.
  4. Practice positive self-speak.  When that little voice inside your head gets to be too much of a naysayer, it may be time for some daily affirmations.  Empower yourself with a positive attitude to combat negative thoughts and feelings.
  5. Try relaxation techniques.  Relaxing does not always come so naturally when you are stressed.  Meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, prayer and visualization are all great techniques to help your refresh.

This article comes from our friends at St. John River District Hospital.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by healthiestbeauty on April 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Reblogged this on The healthiest beauty.


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