Though most seniors can keep their stress levels to a minimum if they know how, the same methods of relief do not necessarily apply to all older adults. The North Coast, NSW, aged care professionals at Home Care Assistance discuss 5 unique tactics your elderly loved one can use to manage stress.
1. Invest in a White Noise Machine
When we hear a sudden or unexpected noise, our bodies are flooded with adrenaline. Over a long period, a heightened state of awareness can lead to physical and mental stress. White noise machines are small devices that drown out unwanted noises with a steady and soothing sound similar to rushing water.
2. Repaint the Walls
Your loved one’s environment can have a significant impact on how he or she feels throughout the day. The primary colours within a home activate certain areas of the brain that produce vital chemicals such as serotonin and oxytocin. Red and yellow walls can actually increase your loved one’s heart rate, while blue and green hues may lower stress and anxiety levels.
3. Spend Time in Nature
One of the most comprehensive studies involving stress levels and nature was recently carried out at the University of Sydney. Researchers followed two groups of adults who spent one hour a week walking in nature or one hour walking along regular city streets. Those who spent their time walking in parks and along nature trails reported much lower levels of stress within just a few days.
4. Create Art in Adult Colouring Books
As studies continue to show just how powerful art therapy can be, adult colouring books have become incredibly popular in the last few years. For many seniors, working on these books is almost a form of meditation because it makes their minds wander and their heart rate drop. Just like traditional meditation can drastically reduce stress levels, spending 15 or 20 minutes a day colouring could help your loved one take control of his or her anxiety.
5. Try Tapping
Tapping is a stress-relieving psychotherapy technique similar to traditional acupuncture and acupressure. Instead of heading to a masseuse or professional acupuncturist, your loved one can use his or her index fingers to tap pressure points like the palms, wrists, and temples. Your loved one can also combine the tapping technique with quiet music or a white noise machine.
Stress can come in many forms, and there are perhaps just as many ways to alleviate it. If your loved one needs help managing his or her stress, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers can assist with exercise, provide social stimulation, and help with various tasks around the house that may have become more challenging over time. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care North Coast seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly Care Managers, call 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 today.