Retirement is supposed to be stress-free, a time of relaxation and wisdom to deal with life’s little annoyances. However, many people find that as they age there are new things to worry, fret, and stress over. These include such things as financial concerns, dealing with loss, and maintaining good health. Stress can lead to depression and withdrawal from activities with others. Stress in the elderly is not something to be suffered alone, but requires management with the help of family, friends or a caregiver to ease the burden. Here are a few solutions to help deal with stress:
Make a list
- Talk it out or write it down and identify the root of the stress so that you can begin to find solutions.
Think and be thankful
- Take some time alone to sit quietly and think through all the things in your life for which you can be truly grateful.
- Find an activity you enjoy that is not too strenuous, but will help to refresh your mood.
- Go for a walk outside. Enjoying the great outdoors can significantly reduce stress.
Do something new or different
- Switching up your routine can lift your spirits. Learn a new skill, or just find a good place to people-watch.
Consider performing a random act of kindness
- When you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on helping someone else, your problems can seem much smaller.
- If you are able to, pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru, or the meal of someone else in the restaurant in which you are dining. If you are crafty or artistic, make a few small items or drawings to hand out to people. Compliment a stranger. Smile sincerely, and see how many smiles you get in return. Call an old friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a long time. Teach someone a skill you have acquired through your many years. Give someone in your world a pat on the back for a job well done.
Don’t isolate yourself
- Find a group of friends you can get together with, join a club, or get involved with a local charity.
If you or your elderly loved one is having trouble with a stressful situation, and you could use some relief, ElderCaring can connect you with a caregiver who can step in and give you a helping hand. We would love to go over ways we can help you reduce the stress in your life. Contact us to set up a consultation today!