While not many people may voice it, we all have misgivings about getting old. The ageing process and the many things that occur during this time can make anyone anxious. However, the fear of death may not only be the primary reason for the anxiety that comes with it. The process, changes, adjustments, and possible health conditions cause stressful thoughts and feelings for many. These are all justifiable reasons to stress over getting old.
Just the same, getting old is a part of life, and everyone will go through it. Accepting this helps alleviate anxious feelings, knowing that you are not alone in this journey. More importantly, you have more experiences in life that provide you with wisdom you can share with the younger generation. Stressing about something beyond your control is a futile exercise that keeps you from enjoying and appreciating old age. Instead, you can find ways to embrace this new adventure in your life and live it to the fullest.
If you are struggling with age-related anxiety, here are some ways to reduce your stress and be more positive about ageing:
Keep yourself healthy
Although you may not have paid much attention to your health in the past, there is no reason not to start getting healthy, no matter how old you are. To keep yourself healthy means eating well, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active. Remember that not everyone who reaches their senior years are sickly and frail. Everything depends on the quality of your lifestyle and what you do to improve your overall wellness. If you experience some issues regarding your health, seeking professional advice will always help. Your mental health is enhanced too when you are more diligent with your healthy habits.
Do things you love to do
You have probably set aside certain things you have always wanted to do all your life because of busy days at work. As you grow older, your life is more relaxed, and you can find some time to indulge yourself. So, even if you have retired, you should take it as an opportunity to do something productive, embark on projects you enjoy, or travel to places you love. If you love company, you can take time off with old friends and bring back fun memories. You need not restrict your typical activities, even if you have certain health issues such as incontinence, as there are quality incontinence pads that keep you comfortable and worry-free wherever you are.
Have a pet
It is no secret that pets have a unique way of lowering stress levels. They are perfect companions, loyal and loving to their owners. As you provide them with care, you feel a sense of responsibility. At the same time, the affection your pet shows you in return makes everything worth it. In fact, pets have been known to reduce the symptoms of people suffering from various mental disorders. They are like good friends you can count on to always be there for you.
Ageing does not have to be stressful unless you allow it to take control over you. Live healthily and enjoy the benefits of a full and happy life.
Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in psychology, mental health, and wellness.