How To Cut Down on Stress, Depression and Boredom.
No matter what your age, during these times we’re all probably feeling anxious – and probably a little bored, too. As everyone adheres to physical distancing from each other and follows pandemic guidelines, the new restrictions placed upon you can leave you feeling more socially isolated. In the U.S., nearly half the respondents to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll felt the pandemic was harming their mental health.
Loneliness and social isolation can affect anyone regardless of age, but seniors are particularly vulnerable. The National Council on Aging reports both isolation and loneliness have been linked to higher risk for heart disease in seniors, as well as to dementia, mental health issues and stroke.
When it is not addressed, feeling bored can bring out high-risk behaviors. For example, if you already have anxiety, you may be more likely to develop depression when you have long periods of boredom.
With seniors in mind, we’re offering an online seminar to help boost your emotional state and stay grounded.
Find Your Balance with Help from our Online Instructor.
Now, you can watch our free online seminar, hosted by Director of Life Enrichment Ashlea Smalley, to discover natural remedies to manage your moods. Tune in to find out how you can cut down on pandemic-related stress and boredom. Our expert instructor will share grounding techniques, yoga poses and other exercises to help you relax. She’ll also demonstrate fun activities you can easily do yourself from home.
We’re offering valuable virtual seminars such as this as a special service to seniors. It’s just part of our philosophy of being committed to, and inspired by, our residents.
How to Combat Depression and Boredom.
When people have chronic boredom, they sometimes tend to struggle with substance abuse, health challenges and mental health issues. Encountering boredom is really just a lack of action. You are much less likely to be bored when you are actively engaged in life. That’s why our community offers innovative services, energizing amenities and engaging activities to motivate the residents who live here. You can stay as busy or as relaxed as you want.
Boredom Can Be Decreased by Increasing Your Well-Being.
When you feel bored, here are some mental health tips to jar you out of your mood:
- Make a change in scenery. Get up and move to a different room or environment. Go outside and breathe the fresh air.
- Put yourself in charge. Take action to do what you can to make yourself feel better.
- Switch on some music. Let nostalgia take over and journey back to your favorite music era.
- Stay focused. Don’t let distractions from another room or person make you bored.
- Brew up coffee or tea, or hydrate with a refreshing glass of iced water.
- Meditate. Use instrumental music in the background or check the Internet for a variety of soothing soundtracks.
- Doodle. Pick up a colorful marker and let your fingers aimlessly take you on a new adventure.
- Strike up a conversation. Call a friend or family member.
- Check with a mental health professional. If negative thoughts are prevalent in your life on a continual basis, consult with a therapist like a psychologist, a professional counselor, or a clinical social worker. A good therapist can change your outlook.
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Henry Ford coined that phrase to show the power of mindset. If you believe in yourself, your actions will follow suit. However, if you don’t have faith in your ability to achieve something, you may be setting yourself up to fall short. Your own inner thoughts and actions are a very strong influence that can shape your life.
The first step is to be interested and start visualizing yourself at your goal. You can become who you want to be in your mind long before it happens in your life. That way, you’ll be closer to becoming the person you already thought yourself to be – energized, vibrant and engaged in life.
The more interested you become in what you are doing, the more your brain will stay alert. In short, if you act bored, your brain will be bored.
How Our Community Can Help.
Within our friendly, upbeat community, you can set off on your next adventure with unmatched confidence. You’ll be supported by impeccable services and a gracious, caring staff who are always thinking of how best to inspire you.