COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 53% of U.S. adults ages 65 and older felt worried and stressed due to the pandemic. As senior citizens were urged to stay at home and limit physical contact to protect themselves from severe illness, it also deprived them from companionship and social interaction. For National Stress Awareness Month, Lisa M. Cini, founder of Mosaic Design Studio, Curator of BestLivingTech.com and author of BOOM: The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, So That You Can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive provides simple and approachable ways to manage stress and have a more balanced lifestyle.
“Emotional health is just as crucial as physical health, and it’s easy to become stressed over little things,” says Cini. “It can help if you identify what’s causing you stress first, and then address it appropriately.”
Lisa shares 5 tips to help older adults alleviate stress levels:
- Be compassionate towards everyone. Your attitude can affect you and your caregiver’s mood, behavior, and stress levels. Understanding and empathizing with another person’s feelings and experiences can keep stress down and may be an opportunity to build richer relationships.
- Refresh your mind. Prioritize adequate sleep, a balanced and nutritious diet, plenty of water, and physical activity. Whether it’s yoga, walking, or dancing, find a form of exercise that you will enjoy that will release those endorphins! For those cooped up inside, the new HumanCharger® Wireless Headset is a great option to attain the necessary daily dose of light and can increase energy levels in only 12 minutes. Hapbee makes an easy-to-wear, low-energy electromagnetic field necklace that emulates specific magnetic fields to produce desired feelings in the body like happy, alert, focus, relax, calm and sleepy.
- Deal with things you can control. Some things are totally out of your control. However, you can control your response to it! It is common to feel loss, sadness, and grief, but it’s important to focus your energy on how to adapt to the current situation in a constructive way and take things one step at a time.
- Embrace technology. Using technology to communicate with loved ones through email, social media, or video conferencing is now more important than ever. From setting a reminder for simple tasks like taking a shower to jamming out to a playlist with your next-door neighbor, speakerphones like Alexa provide multiple functions that can make your day-to-day routine easier and more joyful. Plus, Alexa’s Care Hub feature provides new ways to remotely check in on older adults! For a crash course on how boomers can utilize technology in the best way possible, “Boom: The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology” provides insightful advice and actionable steps.
- Express your emotions. Disconnecting from your friends and family can lead to bottled-up stress. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask for guidance and emotional support from a loved one, trusted friend, or a professional! If your loved ones are unavailable, GoldenTALK’s chatline is available to help seniors facing social isolation with warm conversations and resources.
“By understanding our fears and concerns, you’re already one step ahead of managing your own stress. With these simple behavioral and lifestyle changes, you can provide a sense of happiness and normalcy in your own life,” adds Cini.
About Lisa M. Cini
Lisa M. Cini is an award-winning senior living designer, President / CEO of Mosaic Design Studio and author of BOOM: The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that you can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive, The Future is Here: Senior Living Re-imagined, and Hive, The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living: How Our Family Makes it Work. Go to Lisamcini.com to sign up for her blog. If you want to find the best tech products that help seniors Embrace Aging and Live Independently, visit BestLivingTech.com.