5 Coping Strategies For Anxiety When You Enter Senior Care Facilities

Senior care is an immensely valuable service – one that helps all seniors enjoy their day to day life. But the process of moving into senior care can cause anxiety for many experienced adults. Even those excited about moving to elder care may find that the strange new setting and environment causes some degree of stress, and in some cases that stress can be fairly pronounced. There are several reasons for this:

  • Senior care represents change, and all change can be stressful.
  • Senior care sometimes occurs after a life event, which may lead to stress.
  • Senior care may be taking someone away from the coping strategies they’re used to.

Everyone can adjust to assisted living, but obviously the goal is for the transition to go as smoothly as possible, and to do that, those entering senior care need to try to control their anxiety symptoms.

Controlling Anxiety in Assisted Living

Those entering nursing facilities and other assisted living centers will need to look for new ways to cope with their anxieties. Below are five strategies that may be effective.

  • Make Friends the First Few Days

Social support is one of the easiest ways to deal with life stresses. When entering a new environment, like senior care, making as many new friends as possible ensures that the transition will be a bit easier. You’ll have an opportunity to make your living situation more comfortable and develop bonds with people you’ll have an opportunity to get to know.

  • Ask Others For Their Anxiety Reduction Strategies

Similarly, once you’ve made friends, you’ll find that they often have their own interesting ideas and strategies to help them cope with stress and anxiety. Asking them what they do is a good way to make sure that you’re taking advantage of any good ideas, and any potential tools in the elder care facility that can make transitioning easier.

  • Stay Active

Physical limitations aside, utilizing available activities and keeping your mind sharp and active are important tools for coping with anxiety and stress. There is a tendency to want to sit and get used to your surroundings, but often this causes you to focus on the negatives, rather than adapting to the positives. Staying active is better for your mental health, and prepares you for the road ahead.

  • Keep a Journal

Journals are not just for young children. Journaling is a way to get any negative thoughts in your head out of your head. Keeping a journal makes sure that your mind isn’t focusing on the things that it can’t control. It’s also important to make an effort to write out positive things in the journal as well, to change your mindset into something that is less focused only on the issues that are bothersome.

  • Create Goals

Many of those going to senior care have a stigma about what senior care means. They see it as a way to get through day to day life, not as something that is simply a life transition like any other. Creating goals takes away that stigma. Goals give you something to look forward to and work towards daily, which ensures that you’re focused on the future, not as much the present.

Adapting to Senior Care

Senior care facilities are designed to improve the life quality of elderly men and women everywhere. Yet it’s not uncommon for the transition to cause anxiety. Overcoming that anxiety as early as possible is the best way to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, and that the person is able to enjoy their new life in the care of others.

About the Author: Ryan Rivera has seen the way anxiety affects life transition, and often notices that those transitioning to elder care appear to have some short term anxiety issues. He has information related to anxiety treatments and living with anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.

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