How well are you coping with the stress of the pandemic on top of all of life's other stressors? If you’ve been struggling, you’re not alone!
Stress negatively affects nearly every part of the body. If you find yourself looking for ways to cope with increased stress this year, here are some ways to mitigate and manage your stress levels.
4 Ways You Can Reduce Stress
1. Keep your perspective.
It may sound trite, but older adults know that “this too shall pass.” While we haven’t seen a pandemic like this in over a hundred years, what we do know is that prior pandemics - while harrowing to live through - did finally pass.
Vaccines, for many illnesses, were eventually created, and society carried on. The more of life many of us have seen, the easier it is to see that times of turmoil and upheaval tend to be cyclical. Experience has shown that there are better times ahead.
2. Take control of the things you can.
When there are national, local, or global events that we feel we have no control over, we can get overwhelmed and depressed. Instead, focus on what you can control. Make healthy food choices, get regular exercise, and choose to spend your time doing activities you enjoy.
3. Care for others.
While this may seem counterintuitive - if you don’t have much energy to care for yourself, how can you care for others? - it turns out that having something outside of yourself to care for each day can help keep you occupied and prevent stress spiraling.
Even if it’s just a pet goldfish, a cat, a small dog, or a few houseplants, knowing that you are responsible for the survival of another living thing can help motivate you. Spending time with pets - even if they aren’t your own! - has also been shown to reduce stress.
4. Foster a sense of community.
As we age and adult children and friends move away, we can often find ourselves isolated. The pandemic has only increased this issue for all of us, but especially for older adults who may already have been struggling to stay connected with friends and family.
The good news is that there are ways to cope: participating in virtual communities online or connecting via Facetime or Zoom calls has become more popular than ever. There is also an opportunity to form connections - safely! - with older adults in senior living communities like Sugar Hill. In many ways, senior communities may be safer for your mental and physical health than living in isolation.
Stress-Free Community Living
Sugar Hill is a cooperative retirement community located in scenic Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. It’s the perfect place for seniors looking for more social opportunities, care and support.
Spacious cottages and apartments provide stress-free living, with all-inclusive fees that cover exterior and interior maintenance, fine dining, and an array of safe social programs year-round. See what stress-free living looks like here!