As we grow older, life should be simpler. No longer do we have to wake up and spend the day listening to our boss; no longer do we have a set weekly work schedule. Senior living means that we can finally unwind wherever and whenever we want and embrace retirement.
Yet, aging can also cause unnecessary stress, due to health and financial concerns. Research on stress patterns shows that 43% of adults have experienced the consequences of leading a stressful life on their mental and physical health. For senior citizens, it is even more important to make sure we avoid stress or else we will face heightened health issues that we already must be conscious of, such as high blood pressure and blood sugar.
Knowing the Signs of Stress
Growing older means that our bodies and minds change in unexpected ways, so we may not always be aware of any declining health issues are actually stress-related. In the short-term, stress can have a variety of consequences, including:
- Digestive issues, such as diarrhea, bloating, and gas
- Headaches and trouble sleeping
- Skin issues, such as rashes, itching, and breakouts
- Hair loss
If you begin to notice any of these symptoms affecting you in your everyday activities, you should check your stress levels. If you simply ignore these symptoms, you can cause more serious damage to your health, leading to a weakened immune system, heart disease, and even cancer.
Reduce Stress and Lead a Happy Life
There are a number of ways to reduce stress as you age, which in turn will help you lead a happy, relaxing lifestyle. Turning to literature by reading a good book or keeping a journal will ultimately keep your stress levels in check, as you will be more in touch with your interior mind and help you get to know yourself better.
You can also join activities in your local community like exercise classes, volunteering in a religious organization or at a nature preserve, or taking an art class. Socializing has been proven to reduce stress levels and raise our self-esteem. Also, joining a choir is a great idea for senior citizens, as music is good for the brain and memorizing songs with new friends will bring you great joy.
As long as you keep in mind that your stress levels can greatly affect your health as you age, you can be mindful of doing positive things for your overall health and lead a happy, carefree lifestyle.
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