What can We do for Stress Awareness Month?
One of the biggest stress-inducing factors in life is caring for an elderly family member at home. If you are feeling stressed out and it’s beginning to impact your mental health, this is a great time to learn how to respond to that stress in a healthy way. April is Stress Awareness Month which is set aside to make everyone aware of what stress is and what are the best ways to cope. Aging doesn’t have to be stressful. Regency Home Care Atlanta is here to help alleviate all of the worries and stress that surrounds making sure your elderly loved ones are safely living independently.
Stress is a normal part of our daily lives, but if we don’t deal with it properly it can lead to damaging health issues that take its toll on both physical and mental health. It’s how we deal with it that matters. It is our body’s reaction to changes that require a response or an adjustment to our daily routine. Stress isn’t always the result of bad, horrifying news. Sometimes, it’s happy things that are occurring. It’s just too many changes that hit us all at once. The human body reacts to changes by exhibiting physical, mental and emotional reactions.
If left unchecked, stress makes the heart pump faster and releases hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict and divert more oxygen to the muscles. This gives you a surge of energy and strength as a flight or fight reaction to take action, but it also raises your blood pressure. The result of frequent stress that, if not managed, it is often damaging to the heart and cardiovascular system as a whole. It also affects muscles, joints, causes pains, tightness, or spasms, impacts your digestion system, skin, hair, and the immune system.
Some helpful and easy ways to deal with and eliminate stress for the elderly and their family members who are concerned about them include:
Talk about it!
If you are feeling stressed, don’t hold it inside. Talk about it with friends, family, colleagues or a mental health professional who can help. Sometimes all you need is to put it into words.
Learn how to cope!
Coping mechanisms range from taking deep breaths to sharing the burden and trusting someone else to help with tasks too difficult, like caring for your loved one.
We all deal with stress. Show compassion to others who are probably going through something right now.
Take Care of Yourself!
Take time out of every day to relax and do something you enjoy. Never forget to exercise and eat well even in the heat of anxiety. Just a ten minute walk is sometimes enough to put your mind at ease enough to tackle whatever it is that worries you.
Regency Home Care Atlanta is here to help by offering the best home health care in Georgia and the surrounding Atlanta area. Senior home care in Atlanta offer tips on maximizing life at home for the seniors you love including professional in home mental health and care assistance. We are here to help set up and explain options to provide you with a trusted hands-on assistance in the home to allow older adults to live life to the fullest for as long as possible putting a focus on the stress factors involved for the elderly and those helping them live as independently as possible for as long as they can without putting undue stress on the family.
Contact us for more information on private duty care in Atlanta. We are your partner in care to help with the stress of living alone and other senior concerns. We help with safe, reliable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures, running errands, preparing nutritious meals and so much more.