Becoming an elder statesman can make a person go through several changes in life. Some of these changes are joyful (grandkids). And some of these events are not so great (health issues).
These challenges can give rise to lots of anxiety.
And these anxieties can be seriously difficult and challenging to overcome.
So, let’s buckle up and read on.
One of the most important things that you can do to release anxiety is maintaining a routine.
This will help you stay busy throughout the day. And honestly, the more work you do (no matter what the work is. It can be gardening, gymming, talking to a friend over the phone, cooking for your spouse, kids or grandkids or anything else for that matter) the more confident and satisfied you will be.
If you feel like you have too much free time, let’s put it to some use.
Pick random duties that your body can allow you to perform. This can be about learning a new hobby. Or about reviving an old one. Or even about reading a new book.
Just try to do more tasks, instead of spending the entire day doing the same thing.
One of the major reasons why our emotions take over our minds is that we keep fighting them.
It’s a fact. The more we resist an emotion, the more it amplifies.
So, whether you are feeling scared, doubtful, or worried about something, close your eyes, take a normal breath in and accept the feeling as it is.
Let it sink in. This will help you overcome the fear, so you can look for the solution.
The idea may not be too feasible during these times of COVID-19, but once the situations normalize, make it a thing to see your friends and relatives whenever you get the chance to.
Invite them over for lunch or dinner and have a great time together.
You can also discuss with them how you are maintaining a routine, and how it is helping you.
Also, if you need a caregiver, make sure you hire a relative or a friend to look after yourself. The CDPAP program (medicaid funded) in NY allows you to hire your own caregiver.
Ever heard the quote, “you are what you eat?”
Well, the statement is 100% true, as eating foods that are processed and full of cholesterol can give rise to anxieties, as a lot of energy is consumed in digesting these items.
The same goes for food items with high sugar content.
So, if you want to keep anxieties at bay, turn to a cleaner and lighter diet.
Vegetables, fresh fruits, and lentils always provide us with enough nutrients without causing any hormonal disturbance or mood swings.
Adding some sort of physical exercise to your daily routine will also help you cope better with anxieties.
During the lockdown, you can also subscribe to a fitness application, that can help you do simple workouts every day.
And if weight training seems too immense, you can consider doing Yoga. There are many smartphone apps that can guide you through your wellness journey.
Dealing with anxieties in old age can be a tough bet. And the real problem arises when your general solutions stop showing results. So, is it good to go consider medicines? Not when the natural methods can help.
In this post, we listed five natural ways of dealing with anxieties in old age.
Hopefully, this was helpful.