Meet SFC Boe, a therapeutic stress dog who served in Iraq
April has hosted Stress Awareness Month since 1992. Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), its purpose is to educate citizens about causes and effects of stress as well as cures. Discussions, public forums and a variety of community events create a platform for people from all walks of life to share and learn.
Who Suffers from Stress?
Stress does not discriminate between age groups or social status. In the United States, it affects millions every year. Caregivers and senior citizens are candidates along with soldiers, students, and executives.
How Caregivers can Spot Signs of Stress
Caregivers often have to read between the lines to detect problems with the ones they care for. Signs of stress exhibited by the elderly include:
· Lack of concentration.
· Problems sleeping.
· Mood swings (crankiness, sadness).
· Sudden change in eating habits.
Stress Management Tips
Manage stress with exercise. It causes the brain to release endorphins that create a positive feeling. Caregivers can loosen stiff muscles by standing and stretching every hour or so and by swinging their legs when seated at a table or desk.
Keep upper and lower body muscles active with easy-to-do exercises for seniors confined to a chair or encountering difficulty with balance:
· Tap the toes of the right foot twice. Then tap the toes on the left foot. Repeat five times.
· Roll the shoulders backwards three or more times.
Focus on daily positive events like good weather and plans that go right. Encourage the person you care for to visit with friends. Even sharing a post or eCard on social media brings positive communication and happiness to relieve stress.
Stress is a killer that finds easy victims when we fail to recognize the warning that we need a mental or physical break.
My blog is the best weapon I have for fighting stress. What are some of the things that help you, your family, and friends?