Helping Seniors Manage Anxiety During COVID-19

At The Windsor Senior Living we understand that this is a challenging time for us all. It can be even more challenging for those who are experiencing stress and anxiety. These are natural reactions to the stressful and turbulent times we’re facing. But thankfully, we can face these challenges together. Below, we explain the signs of anxiety and stress. We also give you some healthy ways to cope with these feelings. 

Know the Signs

Outbreaks can be a very stressful time, especially for at-risk groups. This anxiety and stress can manifest in a lot of different ways. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Despite this fact, some of the ways seniors communicate stress isn’t as obvious as you’d think. The Centers for Disease Control recommends keeping an eye out for signs of stress.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Communicate Feelings

Oftentimes, we find it difficult to talk about complex or difficult emotions. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety fall into this category. That means it might be even more difficult for our seniors to communicate how they are feeling. Therefore, staying in touch with your loved ones is that much more important. Know that mental health conditions are not your fault, and it’s normal to feel this way about a disease. Reassure your loved ones by validating their feelings and listening to them. Having an outlet for these types of things is crucial for decompression. 

How You Can Support Yourself

Having the tools and resources to support yourself during the pandemic is paramount for your mental health. In fact, you should be looking out for your own well-being before you try to help someone else. Once you’ve taken the time to internalize some of these practices, try supporting the ones around you. Follow these tips to ensure you’re both physically and mentally fit during these stressful times. 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories—including social media. 
  • Take care of your body.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Premier Senior Living In Slidell

The Windsor Senior Living Community is a senior living facility near Slidell. And we are dedicated to your loved ones’ physical and mental health. During these times, we’re taking extra measures to ensure the safety of all the ones you love. That includes stress management and related activities. For any additional questions that you might have, check out the FAQ section of our website or send us a brief message via our contact page