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How to Stay Happy: Stress Management for Elderly During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Covid-19 pandemic not only affects us physically, but also mentally due to the enormous pressure from the sudden life change in many aspects. It is, therefore, not unusual for us to experience stress and anxiety in such situations.

However, it is important to keep an eye on how we react to these changes and how our reactions affect those around us, especially our loved ones. So for that reason, it is best that we should learn and understand stress, its symptoms, and how to manage it properly.  

Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad

The very first thing one should understand is that stress and anxiety are all emotions. They are a natural instinctive state of mind that usually derives from contextual circumstances. According to the current situation, it is not surprising that one should experience stress and anxiety with the continuous change of living conditions as well as adaptive behaviors. Therefore, it is best to keep in mind that being stressed or anxious is not wrong, but we have to recognize it and know how to deal with it when the emotion arises.  

Stress Symptoms and Effects on the Body

The stress that accumulates over a long time could bring about physical and mental illness. The physical symptoms that are manifested during the presence of stress are sweating, nausea, frequent colds, chest pain and rapid heart rate. Over time, these symptoms may contribute to health problems such as insomnia, headache, palpitations and body aches. And this is just the beginning of many other diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.

How to Manage and Reduce Stress

Stress has been one of our survival instincts since ancient times. Everyone experiences stress in their life from time to time. One must learn to properly control and manage stress so that it does not affect daily life or their closed ones. If you are not sure what caused your stress, try following these advice: read news only as needed, strictly follow the instructions from the Ministry of Public Health, keep your daily routine, exercise and do activities that relax your body and mind.     

You can also ask your family about in-house activities. What activities does everyone feel fun to do? Some families love watching movies and playing games together. You can bring out new ideas – something that the family never did before like baking, drawing or playing board games. 

Another thing that you can do with your family is to kindly and sympathetically ask how are they doing right now? Is there anything that needs help? Sometimes people feel stressed and just need a room to let it out. Talking with loved ones will definitely make them feel better.

Lastly, please take good care of yourself, be young and happy as always, and we will come through this crisis together.

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