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Relaxation Methods For Elderly

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What is expected by having a relaxed mind?

A person who has a relaxed mind would benefit in many different ways as mentioned below. Such people:

  • Would not become anxious when facing problems

  • Would not become aggressive unnecessary

  • Would be able to focus their minds on a function that is being performed

  • Will be able to control their cravings according to their requirement

  • Would be able to maintain good relationship with family and friends

  • Would have a stable blood pressure and heart rate in events which can unsettle the mind

  • Are easy to treat and make adhered to certain lifestyle changes

  • Would have good tissues perfusion to all parts of the body

  • Are able to tolerate certain conditions such as pain far better than a person with an unsettled mind.

What makes an elderly person unable to relax their minds?

Many factors will influence the ability of an elderly person to relax their minds. Out of which, strokes, mental illnesses, physical disabilities, drugs or else inadequate care will make them unable to relax their minds and thus a prior intervention would be necessary before initiating them or making them practice relaxation techniques.

What are the methods that can be used in relaxing the mind?

There are many different methods that are being used for mind relaxing exercises and out of which several methods stand out from the rest. These techniques are listed out below including some of its important features.

1. Conscious breathing

In this technique the person should breathe in or breathe out in a conscious manner and should focus their attention to the incoming air, its warmth, the flow as well as the exhaled air and the emptying of the lungs. Preferably the technique should be done in a comfortable seating or lying position, with eliminating the visual disturbances by closing the eyes. Few minutes of focused exercises will make the mind relaxed and a person who practices this technique frequently can arrive at the expected state in relatively shorter period.

2. Progressive muscle relaxation

Relaxing the muscles from distal to the proximal ones or from the smallest to the largest muscle groups would be one way of relaxing the muscles by focusing on one particular event. The technique would specially be useful in neurological deficits which needs recovery and in conditions that will give rise to painful events.

3. Treating the senses

Treating the senses through calming visuals as well as soothing music would be an ideal way of relaxing the mind in patients who are more debilitated than others. Watching moving fish as well as feeling the comforting natural breeze would be other such measures in treating the senses to relax the body.

4. Yoga exercises

‘Yoga’ is one form of exercises which would be both physically stimulating as well as mentally relaxing. Thus, practicing this technique after proper learning would ideally suit elderly people who are able to engage in such flexible physical exercises.

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