Around 10 to 20% of the older population experience some form of anxiety disorder, and this is something that can severely impact someone’s quality of life. Anyone at any age can experience increased anxiety but it can be harder to recognize the signs in the elderly. This is because it can be easy to mistake the common signs like being irritable, problems sleeping, or even social isolation can be confused with health conditions or other problems.
Luckily, it can be managed. Here are some things to try.
One of the best ways to lower your levels of anxiety and stress is to introduce mindfulness practices into your everyday routine. The basis of mindfulness practices is to be fully focused on what is happening in the present. This means developing an awareness of what your body feels, and what thoughts are popping into your head.
For many practices, mindfulness exercises are also done with restorative yoga or deep breathing exercises. Constant practice can help with better relaxing and redirecting your mind whenever you start to feel anxious. In fact, deep breathing is also able to affect a person’s parasympathetic nervous system, helping them to better relax.
Not all older adults get enough exercise, but it is actually one of the best ways to improve a person’s mental health. Whether you choose to take more walks, swimming or water aerobics, dancing, or even simple bodyweight exercises, there are many senior-centric options that can do wonders as a form of stress and anxiety relief.
Change Your Diet
Having nutritious meals is crucial for both your mental and physical health. Ensuring that you have sufficient healthy foods at every meal will help you to get adequate amounts of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein for your body to function at its best. There are even foods that are directly connected to anxiety, such as nicotine and caffeine. This means that if you take in large amounts of coffee or smoke a lot, it will directly cause you to feel more anxious or nervous.
Change Your Sleep Habits
It can be hard to get enough sleep when you are feeling anxious or stressed. However, sleeping is important for your body to rest and function better the next day. To sleep better each night, one of the best ways is to adjust your sleeping habits and environment. For example, ensure that the darkness level and temperature of your room are at optimal levels before lying in bed. Another option is to avoid electronic screens 30 minutes before you sleep and unwind by listening to the radio or reading instead.
Get Better Mental Wellbeing Living with The Park Oak Grove
Here at The Park Oak Grove, our senior living community is designed to allow all our residents to have a stress-free retirement that is full of joy and purpose. Many older adults can struggle with household activities or maintenance, adding unnecessary worry or anxiety into their life. Our residents do not have to even consider this as our exclusive senior living programs ensure that not only do they not have to worry about daily chores, but they also have access to entertainment, health, and wellness programs that make their lives more fulfilling.
For more information on our senior living options or our programs, contact us today!