It’s April and The Peninsula is recognizing Stress Management Month by promoting the advantages of taking time to unwind, relax, renew and rejuvenate.
Our assisted living and memory support community is inviting residents, families and the general public to a presentation by VITAS HEALTHCARE on Stress Management which will be held on Tues., April 28 at 2 p.m.
Stress management is vital to good health. We believe it is so important to inform people about the dangers and the harmful misconceptions about stress while offering successful coping strategies.
Everyone experiences stress as it is a normal emotional response to demands of life but did you know that 75-90 percent of all illnesses are stress-related? Learning to manage stress can help someone live a healthier and longer life. We understand how stressful it may be for caregivers and at The Peninsula, we work very hard with our families to help relieve some of the stress they may have had in caring for a loved one.
There are a number of ways to reduce stress. At The Peninsula we encourage many of these practices. Here are a few tips.
Get regular exercise. At The Peninsula there are exercise classes each day and we encourage our residents to participate. You can exercise by going for a walk or bike ride or joining a gym and following through. It’s just important to get up and get moving.
Stress and diet are closely linked. When we are stressed, people tend to reach for the bad foods. Improving diet with good foods such as fruits and vegetables helps reduce stress.
Keep a positive outlook. At The Peninsula, we have many activities to help our residents in having a positive outlook. We always are trying to look on the bright side. Recommended is trying to identity things that are going well or that went well.
Leave work at work. With the convenience of smart phones it is so easy to stay connected. We see this when our family members visit. We recommend disconnecting for a while. It’s amazing how much of a stress reliever this can be.
Create a support network. At The Peninsula, this is one of the many benefits our residents enjoy—being with friends. Stress may make someone want to withdraw but it’s very helpful to spend time with friends and family who are supportive.
Make time for fun and relaxation. Everyone needs to nurture themselves. At The Peninsula we encourage our residents to participate in crafting workshops just for the fun. Whether you savor a warm cup of coffee or tea, play with a pet, work in a garden or curl up with a good book, making time for relaxation is an excellent way to handle life’s stressors.