Shake Off Stress

Date:

May 26, 2021
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Continuing our celebration of #OlderAmericansMonth we are sharing with you four tips to help you live longer, stronger, and better by reducing stress.

Organize one thing each day
—your handbag, a bedside table, a drawer. You’ll feel one chore is behind you, which helps you feel less pressured in general.

Take a daily “do not disturb” break.
Whether at your desk, in your kitchen or on a deck outside, close your eyes and do not open them for anyone. Even five minutes will feel wonderful!

Have a go-to ritual that you look forward to when the anxiety is too much.
Do something simple like calling a friend, having a cup of tea, playing a song on the piano or sneaking away to read a few pages of a novel.

Enjoy a daily “play snack.”
Remember what you used to enjoy doing as a kid, and go do that. Play with a yo-yo or Rubik’s Cube. Go outside and skip rope or swing a golf club. Doodle, build a tower with toy building blocks, fold origami, draw with colored markers. Inject fun in five- to 10-minute chunks during your day to let your brain relax.

Reference: AARP 60 Ways to Live Longer, Stronger, and Better

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