Many seniors fear ageing stigma or mistakenly think a mental health problem is a normal part of ageing. The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates up to 40% of seniors experience depression and anxiety–this is not a normal part of ageing. There is help.
Here are some resources especially for seniors:
Tips to help address anxiety:
- It is normal to feel sad, scared, lonely, isolated and distressed — don’t avoid these emotions, instead notice your emotions but remind yourself you are ok.
- Take time to do other things — read, do crafts/artwork, listen to music, do gentle stretches, go for a short walk for fresh air or sit outside to watch nature. When doing something you enjoy, allow your mind to be present with the activity (what to you see and hear) rather than getting caught up in negative thoughts.
- Take a mindfulness pause – recognize your feelings, positive or difficult emotions. Then use a healthy distraction; remember a positive memory of a past event or picture a beautiful place you hope to see. Take time to take in all the details. Close your eyes. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you taste or smell?
Physical distancing can lead to feelings of loneliness, sadness, frustration and leave us anxious. Seniors without access to social media and video contact tools are particularly isolated at this time during the pandemic.
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