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May 12, 2023

The Wildwood Senior Living Explores Stress and Anxiety Management

Category: Senior Living

Author: Lucretia Chapman, Director of Wellness

Each day we go through our lives making decisions, worrying about the future, or maybe having concern about our health. It is only natural that we experience both stress and anxiety in some form at some level. Stress is defined as any demand placed on your brain or physical body, while anxiety is specified as fear, worry, or unease. Although defined differently, they are connected and share the same symptoms. Most of us experience stress, anxiety, or both at some point, whether from work or our personal life.

At The Wildwood Senior Living we are aware of proven techniques to help ease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, including lifestyle changes, such as exercise and diet. We also know unmanaged stress and anxiety can interfere with your daily life and affect your physical and mental health.

For me, stress and anxiety feel like my heart is about to explode, like someone or something is sitting on my chest, and I’m having a hard time staying focused. My causes or triggers of stress and anxiety are too many tasks to complete in a short time frame, being pulled in a million different directions, or having responsibilities that are overwhelming.

The symptoms stress and anxiety can cause include weight loss or gain, hair loss, changes in emotions, and irritability. Techniques to use to decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety are getting a good night’s rest, taking breaks frequently, deep breathing, focusing on the positive, staying active, and going for walks.

Some stress and anxiety are expected, but if you feel it becoming unmanageable and affecting your daily life, a healthcare professional can help you develop new coping skills.

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located with easy access to a wide variety of attractions and local shopping.

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