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May 12, 2023

Cedar Trails Senior Living Explores Stress and Anxiety Management

Category: Senior Living

Author: Staci Jenkins, 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 Cedar Trails 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.

Stress and anxiety can cause different effects in different people. Some may feel restless, nervous, or tense. Others may have a sense of panic, doom, or impending danger. People have different causes or triggers for stress and anxiety. For some, it may be work stress, finances, or relationship issues. For others, it may be remembering a traumatic childhood event or be the result of post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD.

Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of different symptoms including, but not limited to, difficulty breathing, panic attacks, blurred vision, sleep problems, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, chest pains, high blood pressure, indigestion, and heartburn.

There are many techniques and lifestyle changes that can be used to help decrease the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Some people use yoga and exercise to help reduce stress and anxiety. Others utilize relaxing, spending time with friends, and doing something they enjoy.

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.

Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including The Orchards Golf Club, Target, Eckerts Belleville Farm, Braeutigam Orchards, and the Belle Clair fairgrounds & Expo Center.

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