Stress can take a mental, emotional and physical toll on our health. With more than 77 percent of Americans reporting physical discomfort from stress, including cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems, it’s important to know self-care techniques that can reduce the effect of stress on your body.
If you’re experiencing high levels of stress during retirement, try these techniques to stress less and improve your health.
A great strategy for reducing stress is writing. Keep a journal and write whatever comes to mind. Whether you choose to write about your stress or other topics, journaling can help ground you with a creative and private outlet to express your thoughts.
Spend Time With Animals
Studies show spending time with animals can increase stress-reducing hormone production. If you already have a pet, spend some extra time with your furry friend. If not, you can look into local adoption options or volunteer at a local animal shelter.
Many people discuss mindfulness for stress reduction, but what is it exactly? Mindfulness is the practice of living in the present moment. Practicing meditation, yoga or breathing exercises when you’re feeling stressed can help alleviate stress-related symptoms.
Find a Hobby
A hobby can give you a creative outlet to hold your focus during stressful moments. Your hobby can be anything: painting, baking, gardening and knitting are a couple of options. A hobby can also provide a sense of purpose and passion — both factors that can lead to a less stressful life.
At Friendship at Home, we value an active, healthy and stress-free lifestyle. Our program allows retirees 62 and older to age peacefully in their own home knowing they have access to affordable long-term care services if and when they need them.
If you’re interested in talking with us about a stress-free retirement, call us at (614) 734-2167.