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Stress management for seniors

Staying healthy and living your best life is important at any age. However, with changes like retirement, relocation, and health challenges, it’s unsurprising that many older Australians experience the toll stress can take on their mental and physical wellbeing. Understanding what stress is and how it can affect you is the first step in managing and minimising the impact it can have on your daily life.

Understanding stress

Stress is a natural response that our bodies have to situations that are perceived as threats. It triggers a flood of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that prepare us for fight or flight. While this response can be helpful in short bursts, chronic stress can have serious consequences for our health.

Some common stressors for seniors include:

  • Health issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Loss of loved ones
  • Loneliness or boredom
  • Major life changes
  • Changes in living arrangements
  • Disrupted sleep patterns.

While we don’t always have control over stressful situations or moments in our lives, there are plenty of effective stress management techniques we can use to reduce stress and lead a happier, healthier life.

Tips for stress reduction

Tip #1: Stay active

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. It can help you release built-up tension, boost your mood, and increase your energy levels. Whether it’s going for a walk, swimming, or practising yoga, finding an activity that you can enjoy on a regular basis can make a big difference in managing your stress. Remember to always check with your healthcare provider when trying new exercises to ensure it’s the right choice for your needs.

Tip #2 Pursue hobbies

While regular exercise is great for your physical health, hobbies such as reading, gardening, listening to music, painting, or sewing can be beneficial for your mental health. Engaging in activities you enjoy, can help you to recharge and rejuvenate, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life. Not to mention, finding a hobby you love can be a lot of fun.

Tip #3: Practice relaxation techniques

There are many relaxation techniques that can help you unwind and reduce stress, including deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation. It’s important to take time for yourself each day to practice your relaxation and self-care techniques to feel calmer and more centred.

Tip #4: Prioritise sleep

It’s essential to ensure you get enough sleep each night to rejuvenate your body and manage stress effectively. With approximately 48% of Australian adults experiencing challenges sleeping, deep and restful sleep can sometimes feel like an impossible task. The good news is, if you would like to know more about understanding and prioritising sleep, you can explore our blogs on the common causes of problems and tips to improve your sleep quality.

Tip #5: Stay social

Maintaining social connections is important for our mental health. Loneliness and isolation can contribute to stress, so it’s important to stay connected with friends and family. Joining a club, volunteering, or attending community events are all great ways to stay social and combat stress. If you’d like to connect with like-minded individuals online, we have a Facebook community group where you can engage in discussions, share insights, and find additional support on your journey.

Tip #6: Seek support

It’s important to reach out for help when they need it. Whether it’s talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional, seeking support can make a big difference in managing stress. There are also support groups specifically for seniors that can provide a sense of community and understanding.

Taking steps to manage and minimise stress, can help you improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of developing serious health issues. It’s never too late to start implementing these strategies and prioritise your mental and physical wellbeing.


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