Stress is not always seen the same way in everyone. You might think of stress as feeling overwhelmed. However, when your elderly loved one is stressed, they may be irritable, yell a lot, or hide their emotions. They may stop talking to their loved ones as much, as well. If you think or know that your elderly loved one is stressed, there are some tips that can help to reduce their stress levels. By having your loved one’s homecare providers implement these tips with your loved one, it could greatly reduce their stress level.
Managing Their Diet
One of the ways that your elderly loved one could lower their stress levels is by managing their diet. If your elderly loved one eats unhealthy, this could be causing their stress. If they can change their habits and start eating healthier foods regularly, they could reduce their stress. Some of the best diet changes for stress reduction include eating more berries and vegetables, not drinking alcohol, and consuming less caffeine. Have your elderly loved one start with just one of these changes at a time, so they don’t feel even more overwhelmed.
Talk About It
Have you noticed that your elderly loved one is hiding things from you? Maybe they used to talk to you about everything, but now they avoid having conversations with you. If this is the case and they are experiencing high levels of stress, it is important to encourage them to talk about it. They can talk to you if they are willing. They could talk to other family members, friends, caregivers, or even a therapist if they want – as long as they open up to someone. Keeping stress built up inside is not good for their health.
Get Into a Regular Sleep Schedule
Is your elderly loved one awake until 9 p.m. some days and 2 a.m. other days? Having an irregular sleep schedule can cause stress or worsen stress. If your elderly loved one isn’t sleeping well, you should encourage them to get into a regular sleep schedule. It would be helpful to have them start with an evening or nighttime routine. This might include turning off electronics at a certain time, listening to calming music, or running an essential oil diffuser before bed. Regular sleep schedules can help to lower stress levels and prevent stress in the future, as well.
These are some of the best ways for your elderly loved one to reduce their stress levels. If you can’t be there to help them do these things, you can ask their homecare providers to do so.