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Relaxation Tips for Stressed-Out Seniors

Many seniors have developed serious health concerns, are facing a loss of independence, live on a fixed income, and are worried about their increasing need for at-home care in North Coast. These problems can be overwhelming and cause a senior to become stressed. However, there are some simple techniques that can help your senior loved one relax and stave off the stress.

Utilise Progressive Muscle Relaxation

If your loved one is regularly stressed and doesn’t notice building stress until it becomes an issue, progressive muscle relaxation might be a good technique to implement. When performing muscle relaxation, your loved one should lay flat on his or her back on a bed or yoga mat and focus on tensing and relaxing specific groups of muscles throughout the body. Muscle relaxation can teach your loved one what the beginning of tension, usually the first sign of stress, feels like in his or her body. Your loved one can use this knowledge to recognise tension and work to ward it off quickly. Each time a muscle group relaxes, the mind is going through the same process. Muscle relaxation is a convenient option because it can be done quickly and your loved one can return to his or her other activities. If your loved one has limited mobility, consider hiring a caregiver in North Coast to assist with relaxing exercises.

Try Yoga

Sometimes seniors get nervous or anxious about their health or their overall ability to remain fit and agile during the ageing process. Performing yoga or other forms of aerobic exercise can help your loved one stay both fit and relaxed since it releases the body’s natural feel-good hormones, endorphins. Yoga is a great choice for seniors since it focuses on slow, steady, gentle movements, meaning your loved one won’t be uncomfortable or get hurt trying to do this activity. Yoga is also excellent at helping relax and refocus the mind and body. If your loved one has never tried yoga before, consider enrolling him or her in a beginner class.

Use Visualization

Visualization can be a great option for times when your loved one feels stuck and would like to be busy but can’t currently fulfill that desire. During visualization, your loved one should close his or her eyes and imagine being in a relaxing place doing something he or she enjoys. When visualizing, it is important to think about how the imagined place affects each of the senses and why it feels good. Once fully imagining the place, your loved one can move on to thinking about what he or she would like to be doing there. If needed, your loved one can continue on with further locations or activities. Visualization is excellent because it can be done almost anywhere.

Listen to Music

Sometimes seniors find themselves feeling stressed from loneliness or even boredom. If the house feels too quiet and it’s causing your loved one to feel stressed, encourage him or her to turn on some music. You can help your loved one compile a CD or playlist containing music he or she enjoys and find relaxing music to listen to for use during times of stress. Some options to consider putting on such a playlist are classical music and movie scores, which are predominantly instrumental and relaxing to listen to. Encourage your loved one to listen to the playlist while doing a relaxing activity such as taking a bubble bath or crafting to keep his or her mind absorbed and off the stressful situation.

Stress can lead to the development of more serious health conditions, making it important for your loved one to focus on staying calm and relaxed. Reach out to Home Care Assistance for additional solutions to help ward off your loved one’s stress. Maintaining inner calm is a major element of our proprietary Balanced Care Method, which all of our caregivers are trained in. We also provide specialised Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care in North Coast for seniors with more extensive care needs. For more information on our aged care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.