Many seniors face a great deal of stress and uncertainty, which is why it is no surprise that they are one of the demographics that is most likely to experience anxiety. Instead of immediately using medications, Oklahoma caregivers are encouraged to try these simple remedies to soothe anxiety, stress, and nervousness at home.
1. Use Aromatherapy
Certain essential oils can influence a calming feeling when seniors slowly inhale their scents. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences found that the aroma of lavender was particularly soothing.
2. Enjoy the Sun
A 2011 study by Dr. Kay Deisseroth found that sunlight helps anxiety by activating neural pathways in the brain. A lack of sunlight can cause anxiety and depression, so live-in Oklahoma caregivers should make sure their loved ones get enough UV light each day.
3. Get Moving
A 1991 study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine found that people only needed 21 minutes of exercise daily to ease anxiety and boost their mood. Seniors who are not very mobile can still benefit from a slow walk or swim.
4. Take Some Kava
Kava is a root native to the Pacific Islands that has anxiety relieving benefits. A 2013 study by the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that this plant could lower generalized anxiety disorder symptoms.
5. Consume Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids help lower production of adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress-related chemicals. They can be found in fatty fish, flax seeds, walnuts, and chia seeds.
6. Take a Bath
Soaking in a warm tub of water helps to slow blood pressure, lower anxiety, and reduce any aches and pains that a senior is dealing with. Add a few drops of a soothing essential oil for even more anxiety relief.
7. Sip Some Chamomile
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, drinking three cups of chamomile tea each day reduces physical and mental anxiety symptoms.
With help from Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma, seniors get the live-in or hourly assistance they need to manage stress and anxiety while taking care of daily tasks around the house. Our highly trained caregivers help clients with everything from personal care and housekeeping to running errands and picking up prescriptions. Schedule a free consultation by calling 405-285-4191 today to learn more about our services.