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Smart Ways to Have A Stress-Free Lifestyle While Aging In Place

Oct 22 2019

By Jess Walter

Stress is often associated with young, career-driven people who are trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. However, older adults can also be affected by it, and while they may be able to cope with stress, older adults may find that it isn’t as easy to handle it because stress affects them differently at this stage of their life. Dr. Michelle Dossett, a specialist at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, says that stress can cause a host of other health problems in older adults, such as tension headaches, high blood pressure and sleep difficulties. Moreover, it can result in irritability, anxiety and even poor habits, such as overeating, drinking and smoking. 

This is why older adults should find healthy ways to cope with stress, or better yet, prevent it from occurring for a better quality of life. Here are some smart ways to have a stress-free lifestyle while aging in place.

Use tech and gadgets when doing chores

Some older adults who choose to age in place may find that doing chores on a daily basis is more difficult due to certain age-related health conditions. If you’re living on your own and you need a little help with cleaning, you can use tech and gadgets to make the job a little easier, such as a robot vacuum cleaner. This device can clean your floors in an instant, so you don’t need to do as much sweeping or scrubbing. You can also replace some of your items with gadgets that don’t require a lot of effort to use. For instance, instead of using a flat iron to press your clothes, you can use a handheld steamer to get the wrinkles out of fabrics. You can also use a crockpot to cook your meals, so you don’t have to spend too much time on your feet making dinner. Using technology that can make household chores easier enables you to remain independent as you age, and it also allows you to have one less thing to worry about. 

Head out and bond with family and friends 

Being social is a great way to keep loneliness and isolation at bay, and this is why older adults are encouraged to be in constant communication with family and friends. But instead of having your loved ones come over, why not visit them for a change of pace? Visiting your favorite people allows you to get out of the house for a change of environment and some fresh air. You can drop by for a visit at their home or arrange to meet at a park or your favorite cafe. The latter is a great way to bond with people, as it allows you to spend time with friends or family without getting stressed. Everyone knows that entertaining at home means spending lots of time cleaning up and preparing food for visitors, so for less hassle, try meeting loved ones at a different place instead.

Find different ways to reduce stress

Mindful activities such as yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress, but if it’s not your cup of tea, you can find other ways to relieve stress that are more suited to your taste and personality. If you’ve always liked drawing or painting, you can take it up as a hobby or take classes at the nearest community center. Or, if you’ve always adored dancing, why not take a ballroom dancing class or try Zumba? Just as everyone has a food preference, your way of de-stressing can be different from someone else's, so do what makes you feel good.

Finding healthy and proven ways to cope with stress allows you to take care of your well-being as you age in place. Try these tips to help de-stress and have a better quality of life.