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Take a Deep Breath: Stress Relief Techniques for Seniors
   By maRtha sWats, oWneR/ aDministRatoR, ComfoRt KeepeRs
In many ways, stress is a part of life for all of us. But for seniors, stress can have a larger effect on physical and mental wellness.
Having worries and concerns is natural, but it is more import- ant as we get older to practice stress-reduction techniques to manage these thoughts.
The great news is that stress, and the techniques to manage it, are usually easy for most people
to practice. Meditation, breath- ing exercises, physical movement, and other tactics can help seniors continue to live the best quality of life and can even improve overall wellness.
Why is it critical to manage stress?
As we continue to keep our homes and families safe during COVID-19, it’s even more im- portant to focus on the mental health needs of our seniors when it comes to stress.
Several studies have shown that stress is linked to mental and physical problems, from anxiety and depression to hypertension and immune system complica- tions. In fact, it’s estimated that stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by
25%, and stroke by 50%. Not to mention the fact that stress can also exacerbate existing condi- tions – which can be very im- pactful for those with less efficient immune systems.
What can seniors do to manage their stress in a positive way?
Finding moments of joy and focusing on activities and hob- bies that bring meaning and purpose can help seniors man- age their stress. Fortunately, there are many more stress relief tech- niques that seniors can follow to help improve their own personal wellbeing. What senior clients use
to manage their stress today can help better prepare them for any future stress.
Stress Relief Techniques
• Connection can help relieve stress. Seniors can call a friend or family member, have a video chat or spend time with loved ones when possible.
• Meditate at the same time every day or whenever feelings of stress or anxiety arise
• Practice deep breathing and mindfulness exercises
• Reach out to friends and fam- ily to connect and spend time together
• Follow a consistent exercise reg- imen and healthy diet, upon physician approval
• Journal or jot down thoughts and feelings at the end of each day–andbesuretotakea moment to reflect on all the positive things that happened throughout the day
• Find a virtual volunteer oppor- tunity to give back to the com-
• Put together and execute a to-do
list to increase productivity, de- crease feelings of restlessness, and combat procrastination
• Join a yoga class or practice it at home (with physician approval) • Listen to soothing or relaxing
music, especially before bed
• Find a way to laugh, whether it’s by watching a funny TV show/movie or listening to a
comedy album
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
At Comfort Keepers®, we have spent the last twenty years per- fecting the art of helping seniors and other adults maintain their peace, happiness, and joy. To us, every moment in a senior’s life is a unique opportunity to fos- ter positivity, going beyond daily tasks. Our approach to care is called Interactive CaregivingTM, a philosophy centered around four central aspects of life: mind, body, nutrition, and safety.
What’s more, our trained caregivers are selected with one specific quality in mind: empathy. Care that is empathetic is care that starts in the heart, and it al- lows us to meet our clients’ exact needs.
Learn more about our unique service offering by contacting a local Comfort Keepers office.
Comfort Keepers have been serving New Hampshire resi- dents since 2005. Let us help you stay independent.
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May 25, 1979 - March 1, 2021
Goodbyes are not forever Goodbyes are not the end They simply mean I’ll miss you
Until we meet again
We love and miss you very, very much. Mom, Dad, Patrick, Christin, Stella & Max
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