Companion Care at Home Can Help Ease a Senior’s Anxiety Due to Pandemic

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There are many senior citizens who are dealing with anxiety due to the COVID pandemic. Many people thought things would be calmed down by this point. However, there are still so many guidelines and so many people getting sick. With this being said, if your elderly loved one is anxious because of COVID, there are some ways that you and their companion care at home providers can help to ease their mind and bring more calmness to their life.

Self-Care Time

Companion Care at Home Hunterdon NJ - Companion Care at Home Can Help Ease a Senior's Anxiety Due to Pandemic

Companion Care at Home Hunterdon NJ – Companion Care at Home Can Help Ease a Senior’s Anxiety Due to Pandemic

There are many senior citizens who worry about their loved ones and friends, more now than ever before due to the pandemic. If your elderly loved one is constantly worried about others in their life and that is bringing about anxiety, it would be a good idea for them to take some self-care time. Some of the things they can do during these times include:

  • Listen to or read positive affirmations
  • Take a nap or a hot bath
  • Read a book
  • Watch a funny movie

As long as they are focusing on things they enjoy and doing something for themselves, it should help to lower their anxiety levels. If needed, you or a companion care at home provider can remind your elderly loved one to take this time out for themselves.

Deep Breathing

One of the problems with being anxious is that people often forget to breathe. When you are hanging out with your elderly loved one, you may notice they are holding their breath or breathing rather fast. It could be caused by their anxiety. If this is happening, it is important for your elderly loved one to do some deep breathing techniques. There are many videos online and even guided meditations that can help them to get their breathing under control.

Doing a Body Scan

Another way for your elderly loved one to lower their anxiety is to do a body scan. You or a companion care at home provider can ask your elderly loved one where they are feeling tense or discomfort. Once they find these areas, it might be helpful to do a relaxation technique, such as yoga, to relieve the discomfort. Oftentimes, people hold their anxiety in and it can cause physical pain in the body. Hopefully, by regularly doing the body scan, your elderly loved one can recognize where their anxiety is being held and work on releasing it.

Using These Tips with Companion Care at Home Aides

The COVID-19 pandemic might be causing anxiety for your elderly loved one. If so, hopefully, the tips above can help them to relieve at least some of their worries. These tips could also help to prevent future anxiety. If needed, you and companion care at home providers can help your elderly loved one remember to do these techniques.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/stress-coping/cope-with-stress/index.html

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Companion Care at Home Services in Hunterdon NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.

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