Stress Management Tips | 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself

19 April, 2023  ·  Less than a minute read

Are you looking for some useful stress management tips?


April marks National Stress Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness and educate people about the causes and effects of stress. Stress is a normal response to challenging situations, but when it becomes persistent, it can take a toll on both our mental and physical wellbeing.


Thankfully, there are many things we can do to manage our stress levels and promote a healthier lifestyle. 


Read on to discover the best ways to manage stress, and take care of yourself or your elderly loved one:

Stress Management Tips: An elderly couple cycling in the forest

Stress Management Tips: Mindfulness and Meditation

Engaging in regular mindfulness and meditation practices are one of our top stress management tips. 


Practising mindfulness can provide numerous benefits for individuals of all ages, including seniors. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus and concentration, enhance emotional wellbeing, and increase feelings of calm and relaxation.


To help combat stress this April, there are an array of mindful and meditation techniques. Some of our favourites include:

 

Deep breathing exercises: A relaxation technique that involves taking slow, deep breaths from the diaphragm. They can be practised anywhere, at any time, and are often used in yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques.

Mind mapping: A visual way to structure ideas and concepts. It involves starting with a central idea or topic, and then creating branches that radiate outwards to represent related sub topics or ideas — perfect for creative expression!

Journalling: The practice of writing down thoughts, emotions, and experiences in a personal journal or diary.

Body Scanning: A mindfulness, meditation practice, which involves systematically focusing on different parts of the body to increase awareness and relaxation.

Repeating positive affirmations: Saying uplifting sentences such as ‘I am capable of achieving my goals and dreams’ and ‘I am worthy and deserving of love and respect’ on a daily basis to boost self esteem.

So, why not try incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine?

Stress Management Tips: An elderly person journalling

Stress Management Tips: Seeking Social Support

As the old adage goes, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’! 


That’s why, to alleviate stress this spring, we’d recommend talking to someone you trust. If you notice an elderly loved one struggling to manage stress, let them know that you’re always there to lend a sympathetic ear. 


It can be a great relief for elderly adults to know that they have someone to talk to and share their concerns with.

Stress Management TIps: An elderly and a young woman joking and laughing together.

Stress Management Tips: Take Care of #1

Still looking for stress management tips? If so, it may be as simple as putting time aside for yourself.


Try and ensure that you’re getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and engaging in enjoyable hobbies. At CHD Living, we’re dedicated to ensuring that those in our care receive exceptional support in all aspects of their life. 


From maintaining regular sleep schedules to offering healthy, nourishing food, our goal is to ensure residents lead independent and fulfilling lives. 


By encouraging your elderly loved one to follow similar self-care practices, you can reduce their stress levels, whilst improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.

Eating healthy food

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Connecting with nature is an effective and enjoyable way to manage stress for older adults.


Spending time outdoors can provide a tranquil setting, creating a relaxing atmosphere that helps to ease feelings of anxiety and tension. 


So, why not take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and take your loved one on a leisurely stroll? Or, for those with a green thumb, why not plant some lovely flowers? Watching nature come to life can be a delightful and therapeutic experience as we head into the warmer months.

Elderly lady smiling whilst planting flowers

Seeking Support and Help

If stress management tips aren’t working for you, don’t be afraid to seek additional support. 


At CHD Living, our residents’ mental and physical wellbeing is of the utmost importance. Whether you or your elderly loved one need someone to talk to, or require practical help with daily tasks, we’re here for you.


Dedicated to providing personalised assistance, our caring and experienced staff are always on hand to ensure you feel safe and comfortable at all times.


To discover more stress management tips, or to find out about our various care options, please contact a member of our team.


Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover the mental health benefits of exercising?

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