Apr 6, 2017 by Leslie Knopp
Life is bound to get stressful at times. Whether it’s coping with an injury, the loss of a loved one, a financial concern, or physical or mental decline, older adults often experience stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways they can relax and reduce their stress levels. A home healthcare nurse may encourage seniors to try one of these relaxation activities the next time they are feeling stressed:
Take a Neighborhood Stroll
Sometimes, all it takes for a senior to improve their mood and forget about their worries is a walk through the neighborhood. Older adults will be surprised at how much of a difference the sunshine, fresh air, and bird chirping sounds will do for the way they feel.
Participate in a Hobby
Those who work as a home healthcare nurse find that many older adults feel the most relaxed when they are participating in a hobby they enjoy. Whether it’s knitting, baking, fishing, scrapbooking, or jewelry making, a hobby may be all an older adult needs to relax and unwind.
Loneliness and stress go hand in hand. When older adults are alone at home and don’t have others to converse with and vent to, they are in a far worse position than seniors who are constantly around friends and family. A weekly dinner date with grandchildren, group fitness classes at the community center or a trip to the aquarium with a friend may be a great way for a senior to relax.
Traveling to get a change of scenery is another excellent way for older adults to relax. A home healthcare nurse may recommend a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast, a tropical vacation to a beach at an all-inclusive resort, or a hiking trip to a national park so seniors can alleviate stress and get a break from reality.