Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has many people on edge. If your elderly loved one is feeling anxiety as a result of this pandemic, it is important to help them out in any way that you can. There are some great tips that can be used to help your elderly loved one combat their anxiety.
Time to Oneself
If your elderly loved one is feeling anxiety due to the coronavirus, it is important that they take time to themselves. Most people would think that everyone already has enough time to themselves. However, your elderly loved one needs to take quality time to themselves. For instance, they can take some time alone to take a hot bath or take a nap. They could tell themselves positive affirmations. Taking quality time to oneself can greatly help to reduce anxiety.
There are many different breathing exercises that can help your elderly loved one to get rid of or lower their anxiety levels. If your elderly loved one practices slow, deep breathing, this can help a great deal in lowering their anxiety. They need to start by concentrating on their breath and from there take a couple of deep breaths. It takes some time to learn how to be more aware of one’s breathing. However, once your elderly loved one gets the hang of it, they can reduce or even get rid of their anxiety.
Your elderly loved one can also practice some body scanning. This is generally done by laying down and taking one’s thinking away from the thing that is making them anxious. Your elderly loved one would start by focusing on the sensation in their toes. From there, they would slowly focus on each area of their body moving up slowly. This has been known to help people feel calmer and more in control.
If your elderly loved one is experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus, getting outside could help reduce their anxiety, as well. Research shows that being outside and getting some fresh air can help to relieve stress and anxiety. You can have your loved one’s senior care provider take them outside for about 30 minutes or more a day. This could help to lift your elderly loved one’s spirits.
These are some of the ways that your elderly loved one can combat their anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Get them started with doing at least one of these things today.