Friday, June 11, 2021
It’s perfectly natural to get stressed out from time to time. In fact, our bodies were designed to produce stress hormones such as norepinephrine, cortisol, and adrenaline to give us the alertness and quickness we need to escape danger. If your body produces too much of these stress hormones on a regular basis, however, they can lead to health problems such as insomnia, headaches, and high blood pressure.
Whether you’re a senior yourself or are providing senior care for a loved one, here are a few things you can do to combat the effects of stress on your daily life.
Working out provides innumerable benefits — stress relief is one of them. When you exercise, your body creates endorphins which boost your mood while at the same time reduce your stress hormone levels. Taking just 30 minutes to get outside for a walk or swim also exposes you to sunlight for even more mood-boosting benefits.
2. Connecting With Others
Feeling deep and lasting emotional connections with others is a very important part of reducing stress. When you hug a loved one, your body releases oxytocin while dropping your body’s cortisol level, so you need to make sure that you spend plenty of time with the ones you love.
If you want to reduce your stress, you’ll need to put down that classic punk record and put on some classical. Listening to a slow classical composition can actually slow your heart rate while lowering your blood pressure. It can help you sleep or meditate as well, providing you with more energy during your waking hours.
Exploring your creative interests helps your mind to focus while freeing it from thoughts that are troublesome or anxious. Not interested in painting or knitting? Not a problem! Coloring an adult coloring book or completing a jigsaw puzzle can achieve the same results.
5. A Healthy Diet
It’s always wise to eat properly, but it’s especially important for stress relief. One simple way to reduce stress is to limit your coffee consumption, but you should also avoid foods that tend to increase your stress hormone levels such as sugary treats or snacks rich in refined carbohydrates like potato chips. Some foods that can actually reduce stress in your system include salmon, eggs, yogurt, dark chocolate, walnuts, and almonds.
6. Deep Breathing
Allocate three to five minutes a day to work on some deep breathing exercises. A simple one to try is to breathe in slowly through your nose, hold it for three seconds, then exhale through your mouth. Practicing regular deep breathing can help you feel more at ease throughout the day.
Laughing is such an easy thing to do, but not enough people do it. Laughter activates your heart, lungs, and muscles while brightening your mood. Whether you’re doing it for yourself, or as a senior care provider, finding a way to laugh every day will do wonders for your stress levels.
While growing older or providing senior care for an elderly relative can be difficult sometimes, the process can be made a lot easier by following these seven steps.
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