1. Muscle Relaxation
In this technique, participants are encouraged to focus on tensing up, then releasing and relaxing the muscles in their main muscle groups, including their shoulders, arms, fingers, legs and toes.
This technique involves participants imagining partaking in their favourite activity in a beautiful place, such as relaxing on a sandy beach in the Mediterranean, standing on the top of a mountain in the Alps or swimming in a crystal clear lake in the Caribbean.
3. Gentle Exercise
Non-strenuous exercises, such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, are popular amongst older adults, allowing them to gently stretch and strengthen their bodies while focusing on their breathing techniques.
4. Listening To Calming Music
Soothing music can help to ease fear and anxiety in older adults.
Older adults face stress from a range of sources, many of which are different to those that cause stress in younger individuals. However, this does not mean that stress in older adults is insignificant. Stress can be resolved in older adults just as easily as it can in the young. The key to combating stress is to recognize it early and to treat it appropriately.