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Stress Reduction – What Caregivers, Aging Seniors, & Everyone Needs to Know

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Everyone experiences stress. Stress comes at every age and for a variety of reasons. Often caregivers of those who cannot care for themselves are put under even more stress than the average. One of the great aspects of having physical therapy come to you is that, as a caregiver, we allow the caregiver to have a little time away from the 24/7 routine that you are often held to in order to care for your loved one. The time we spend working to help your loved one live their life as pain free and as filled with quality as possible can often be your short time for a reprieve.

Whether you’re a caregiver or simply dealing with the typical issues of aging, you are sure to be under stress at any given time. Your “Golden Years” should be as stress free as possible so we’re presenting you with a small list of ideas to help you de-stress your life and enjoy the golden years to their fullest. Feel free to join in the conversation and let us know how YOU de-stress too!

Take The Stress Out of Your Life with these de-stressing ideas:

  • Try Yoga – yoga doesn’t have to be a pretzel twisting, crazy pose event. You can read more about yoga at any age and low impact, beginner ideas online. Please consult a professional yoga instructor in order to avoid injuries. There are yoga instructors who specialize in senior yoga!
  • Gardening – it is a known fact that those who enjoy time in a garden area experience less stress because they focus on what they are growing. You can garden in small pots on a patio or porch, raised up so that bending over isn’t necessary.
  • Meditation – there are a number of videos/dvds, television shows, and even online podcasts that teach even the novice how to meditate. One of the best things about meditation is that you can utilize this method of stress reduction at just about any time, without any special tools other than guidance. Try Dr. Puff’s online podcasts, which are free. Search for other great instructional meditation podcasts too.
  • Music – music reduces the heart rate, lowers the blood pressure and if nothing else makes you feel better from within. Use even the fewest of minutes in your life to listen to the music and relax.
  • Laugh – studies have proven that laughter actually can be a part of having a positive effect on your health. While it may not be a cure all for every ache and pain you have, laughter is often truly the best medicine for de-stressing. It’s time to watch some of your old favorite comedy shows, spend some time with friends and family or simply enjoy reading an upbeat article.
  • Positivity – surround yourself with positive people and stay out of the drama that can often bring you down. Remember that positive reaps positive.
  • Reading – as you age you sometimes will forgo certain things in life because of changes you’ve experienced. Seniors commonly will stop eReaderreading books because of their changes in eyesight. However, it’s important to remember that in today’s world of technology reading has evolved into many formats. You can get cd’s where books are read for you to enjoy, large print books, read books online and on e-readers (such as Nook™ and Kindle™) which all can be adjusted to have extra large print.
  • Reflection – take a moment to reflect upon all that you have to be thankful for, no matter what difficulties lie ahead. Doing this each morning before you get out of bed are the perfect moment to simply stop and appreciate life.

There are so many more things you can do to keep yourself from being stressed. Remember, stress is actually known to be counterproductive to a healthy lifestyle. You want to live as happy and healthy as possible and removing the stress from your life as much as possible is the best way to do it. While nobody can live stress free, you can learn how to de-stress and take life one step at a time.

Dedicated To Your Health & Well-being (and safety),

Mike

 

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