Small amounts of stress can help us focus on a task, motivate us to finish an errand, and maybe even help us create new memories. However, a lot of stress can negatively impact memory and our health. In other words, being overstressed about something can cause us to lose more than than just our concentration.
For example, if someone is late to work and rushing out, they may feel overstressed – thinking about repercussions – and may not be aware of the fact that they forgot their wallet in the bedroom. Stressful situations have us think about the most random things, which put our mind in constant distress in the short run. In the long run, evidence shows that people under chronic stress are more likely to develop dementia. High levels of chronic stress can also impact memory retention and increase the chance of developing depression.
At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, and retirement community, we believe that easing one’s mind is an important part of all wellness categories – intellectual, social, physical, and purposeful. To reduce stress, consider physical exercise. This can alleviate anxiety and give a sense of well-being. Here are some ways to reduce stress:
- Relax with a warm bath
- Learn to say “no”
- Minimize your caffeine intake
- Admit that some things are out of your control
- Eat healthier, more nutritious food
- Listen to your favorite music
- Reminisce with fond photos of friends and family
- Reach out to a friend
- Take a nap
- Read a book
Remember: Life is a work in progress. It’s okay if things don’t go exactly as planned!
Successful Aging Coach
Acacia Creek Retirement Community inspires residents to live an active, meaningful life. Our mission as a senior community is to enrich the independence, well-being, and security of our residents through exceptional services and care based on Masonic values.
To learn more about Acacia Creek or our senior housing opportunities, visit us at www.acaciacreek.org.