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Stress Management for Your Elderly Loved One

We all feel stressed from time to time. As a family caregiver, you probably know that taking a few deep breaths can help to de-stress. However, many family caregivers don’t realize that there are many other ways to get their elderly loved one’s mind and body to relax. Getting your elderly loved one to feel relaxed and happy is one of the best ways to help them fight off stress. Keep reading to learn other stress management techniques today.  

Giving Hugs

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Many studies have shown that hugging someone can help lower their heart rate. It can also help decrease a person’s blood pressure. A simple hug can help your elderly loved one relax and de-stress. Hugs are also a good way to let your loved one know you care about them. If your elderly loved one isn’t big on getting hugged, try squeezing their hand or just giving them a pat on the back. These things can be just as effective as a hug.  

Drinking a Cup of Tea 

There have been several studies that show people who consume green or black tea every day have less stress than those who drink caffeinated beverages. Your elderly loved one might also find that drinking tea will give them a chance to unwind and re-energize. If your loved one doesn’t really like tea, take a minute to encourage them to try a new flavor. They might have only tried one kind before and decided they didn’t like it. The new flavor might be something they are willing to drink. You or their home care providers can recommend tea flavors that you drink.  

Taking a Time Out from Electronics 

You may have heard that too much technology can make a person feel stressed out. Many people who spend a lot of time on their electronics tend to get grumpy more often. Taking time outs from electronics can help your elderly loved one de-stress. Instead of being on electronics, you can try going for a walk with your elderly loved one. You or one of the home care providers can also do a puzzle with your loved one. These things will not only help your loved one with their stress. They will also let you build memories with your elderly loved one that will last forever.  

Conclusion 

There are many ways to help your elderly loved one de-stress and relax. The idea is to find something that works for them. You might even have to try several things before you find what helps your elderly loved one to unwind. Once you find a few things that work for your loved one, have those ready for the next time they are stressed. 

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering a Home Care Chester, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.

 

Sources 

https://www.healthline.com/health/hugging-benefits#:~:text=Hugs%20can%20make%20you%20happier&text=Oxytocin%20is%20associated%20with%20happiness,of%20the%20stress%20hormone%20norepinephrine. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17013636/ 

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