As we age, health becomes a top priority for us all. If your health declines, it could be a result of stress. Taking a step back and looking for simple and natural ways to manage and work through stress can be just what the doctor ordered. Here are 5 natural remedies to combat stress.
- Maintain some level of exercise: As seniors, we can't exert the type of physical workouts that we could in our younger years. But, that doesn't mean we have to stop exercising. Getting your heart rate up and your blood moving doesn't require you to be a marathon runner. A short 5-10 minute walk, at a pace you are comfortable with, will make a difference. Don't over do it. Start small and work up from there.
- Eat at least 3 meals a day: We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is equally important to keep a consistent diet with regular meals throughout the day. If your appetite is hit and miss, you can opt for 4 or 5 smaller meals ever day. Food also gives you the energy to do some exercise. Like mom always said, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".
- Don't forget to drink water: Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in a busy schedule and forget to drink water. Start your day with 1 glass of cold water. The human body is made up of 50%+ water. Water helps deliver oxygen through the body and helps regulate your temperature. It also helps with digestion by forming saliva. Don't forget the basics and drink it regularly throughout the day.
- Consider hydrotherapy massage: For seniors who are mobility impaired and can't exercise, let alone get in and out of a traditional bathtub, considering and walk-in tub with hydrotherapy can help reduce stress. Air therapy jets can increase circulation and allow you to experience a passive cardiovascular workout while submerged in a safety bathtub.
- Talk about it: Ask for advice, do research online, and talk about it with friends and family. In doing this, you will learn what has worked for other folks facing the same stresses that come along with life.
By making a plan to help minimize your stress, you have already done a large part of the work. Now it's on you to follow through with your roadmap. Executing a routine like this for a little as 1 week's time will let you feel the difference. What ideas/practices do you do that helps you manage stress?