Stress can have dire impacts on our health. When we experience stress, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol, which are stress hormones that can take a toll on our health in the long run. The excess production of these hormones can cause cognitive impairment and stress hormones have also been linked to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and a weaker immune system.
The most common signs of stress include extreme changes in mood, increased irritability, depression, or memory problems. Stress also affects our physical health by causing insomnia, tension headaches, and heart palpitations. As such, it is important to recognize these signs and find ways to reduce stress in our daily lives.
A nutritionally-rich diet is essential for maintaining our loved ones’ overall health. Eating the right foods can also reduce stress and relieve body aches and pains. Our daily dietary intake should include meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, eggs, and nuts. By having a healthy diet, we can reap many health benefits such as a regulated blood pressure level, which can elevate our moods and lower anxiety levels.
It is recommended that we avoid sugary foods. The overconsumption of sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart and liver diseases, cancers, and tooth decay.
Spending Time in Nature
Nature provides a conducive space where your loved ones can engage in a variety of activities such as brisk walking, bird watching, having picnics, or gardening.
Apart from these activities, they can also do low-impact exercises like tai chi and yoga. These exercises can reduce blood pressure, release endorphins, enhance mental capacity and concentration, as well as relieve the physical effects of stress. Other health benefits of physical activities include increasing your lung capacity, flexibility, bone density, and longevity.
Being in nature also enhances our five senses. Research has shown that green scenery, the smell of plant life and fresh air, as well as the sounds of chirping birds and flowing water, can produce a calming and soothing effect on our minds and bodies. As such, spending time in nature is a therapeutic experience that can bring about spiritual healing.
Building Social Connections
Forming social connections with others can help your loved ones feel a sense of belonging. Participating in social activities, such as joining book clubs or fitness classes, can provide your loved ones with opportunities for interacting with others and maintaining relationships. Building social connections can also help your loved ones to combat feelings of loneliness, social isolation, and depression.
Opportunities for Socialization at Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh
Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh offers a variety of senior living amenities to our residents. Our residents can engage in social activities at the Grande Ballroom, Card and Game Rooms, and Activity Center, or interact with one another in the elegant terraces and outdoor entertainment spaces. In addition to these amenities, our full-time activities director also plans a lineup of daily activities and events that provides opportunities for your loved ones to mingle and socialize. Your loved ones will never have a dull moment in our retirement community!