I want to start this out by giving a definition of the word stress, just so we’re all on the same page here:
Stress: is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.
That meaning is pretty accurate. And we all have stress in our lives. It’s part of living.
I just love it when my doctor tells me I need to cut down on the stress. Or to remove it all together. Like I would cut down on my sugar intake? Really??? I’d like to see him cut down on his stress, let alone remove it all together.
Stress is Making Us Sick
As we get older, our body in general just can’t handle stress, like we could when we were younger. It can take us longer to recover from major stress. This is usually due to our heart and lungs not being able to handle stress like it use to. Dealing with stress mentally can be just as difficult. Insomnia often plays a big part in that equation.
Here is just a short list of stress-related symptoms and health problems:
- Breathing issues such as Asthma
- Heart disease
- Immune system
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Muscle Pain
- Premature aging
- Premature death
- Slower healing
- Weight Gain
I’m sure there are more that I can add to this list, but this covers a lot. Most of you may already have experienced some of the above. I know I have.
Supplements that May Help with Stress
I would like to mention that the best way to get the proper supplements/vitamins/minerals your body needs, is by eating healthy foods. One should strive to eat right, and then use the supplements, to supplement your diet.
Yes, we’re back to supplements. But that just goes to show you that supplements can cover many different health issues, by just taking one pill, possibly 2. And they’re way cheaper than most prescription drugs.
I will add a few links, that you can check out for yourself. Read the information, and then draw your own conclusions:
- 6 Best Vitamins/Supplements for Stress & Anxiety
- 7 Supplements for Stress
- Common Natural Remedies
- Experts Say These are the Best Vitamins for Anxiety
- Top 5 Best Vitamins for Stress
Please, leave me any useful links you may have in my comments section below. I would be honored to add it to my list!
I use the word ‘may’ a lot in my list. The main reason is I am not a licensed health care professional. Nor do I claim to be. This info is info I am sharing with your from articles I’ve read on the internet, books, and magazines.
IF you decide to add anything new to your diet/medications, please always remember to check with your doctor first!!!
Stress Relief Tips
While writing this article, I realized that I make a lot of lists. (hahaha) What does that say about me??
Here is my list of tips I’ve collected, I hope some will be useful to you:
Accept – that some situations are out of your control.
Acupuncture – to help reduce anxiety and stress.
Always count your blessings – there are many blessings in our lives, no matter how bad it gets!
Aromatherapy – inhaling particular scents can have a calming effect.
Avoid people that cause you stress, as well as situations. We can’t always avoid all situations or people for that matter, but there are some we can. Take notice.
Be Assertive – not aggressive. It’s a positive where aggression is negative.
Breathe/Breathing exercises – here are a few YouTube videos for you to check out:
- One Minute Breathing Exercise
- 3 Deep Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress & Anxiety
- 3-minute Mindful Breathing Meditation
- Quick Calm Deep Breathing
- Relax and Breathe: Do Nothing for 10 minutes
You can also find similar exercise podcasts on Spotify. I’m sure there are other apps as well, I’m only familiar with Spotify.
Compromise – often a middle ground can be reached.
Crosswords, puzzles and word games – are great for distractions from stresses. It also helps to Improve Your Memory as well!
Cut back on your caffeine – coffee, pop, energy drinks–which tends to put us on edge, not good for stressful situations.
Eat plenty of fruits
Eat different kinds of vegetables
Exercise – resistance & cardio. It’s a super antidote for stress.
Express yourself – instead of bottling it up, or stuffing it down and keeping it inside.
Get plenty of fresh air – a change of scenery often helps put things in perspective.
Get Plenty of (Sleep)
Get out in the sunshine!
Keep a diary/journal – it helps with reflecting on stressful situations.
Know when to ask for help.
Laugh, often – watch a funny movie, read a funny book, watch silly videos. Check out my Jokes page, for a few laughs.
Learn to forgive – Here’s another helpful article you might like to read, Finding Happiness, Forgiveness, Joy & Purpose
Learn to Say No – overextending yourself adds more stress in your life.
Learn Yoga – 7 Yoga YouTube videos from beginners, & a bit more advanced.
- 7 Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults
- Chair Yoga for Seniors – Beginners
- Day 1 – Ease Into It – 30 Days of Yoga
- Easy Yoga – Senior Exercise Video
- Gentle Yoga Exercises for Seniors
- Yoga for Seniors (not the same video as below)
- Yoga for Seniors – Slow and Gentle
Make time – for hobbies, interests, etc.
Massages – they are very relaxing, stress just melts away. As does those knots in your muscles.
Meditation – some more useful YouTube videos: (most of these are for beginners, you can search for higher levels)
- 5 Minute Guided Meditation
- Amazing 3 Minute Meditation Exercise
- Guided Meditation For Anxiety & Stress, Beginning Meditation
- How to Meditate Day 1 – Meditation for Beginners (30-day meditation challenge)
- Mindfulness Guided Meditation
Music – is another way to escape. Sing along, dance, and smile your stress away!!
Organize your time – it helps you to manage your time.
Pace yourself, know your limits!
Read – it is a great distraction. I say it’s my escape.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
Routines – help keep those surprise stresses at bay.
Run – I did this when I was young. The more stress I felt, the faster I would run. It always worked to relieve my stress.
Self Talk – is a very useful tool, keep it positive and inspirational. Things like “I can do this”, “I am calm”. And some deep breathing can help too.
Set boundaries – creating boundaries are needed in order to have less stress in your life.
Set time aside for yourself.
Spend time with your pet/fur baby. Don’t have one, think about getting one. Relieves stress!! And the unconditional love is limitless!
Socialize – often. With family and friends! For me, socializing helps me to feel young and connected.
Start a bucket list – the link is to another one of my articles, that I hope you’ll enjoy reading.
Stay Positive – read another article of mine: My AHA Moment
Take a relaxing bath
Do you have anything special you do that helps you to relieve your stress????? Share with us all in the comments. I’ll add it to my list above.
I know that the above list is rather extensive. I just wanted to include as many tips as possible. Stress cannot be cured, unfortunately. But you can put in place buffers, to reduce the impact of your stress. Learn what works best for you, and use it. Use it as often as needed.
I hope the video links will help you to learn how to manage your stress. Most of them are teaching videos, that are packed with ideas, techniques, and tips. Search on your own, if you’re not liking what is listed in my article. The Internet is a wonderful tool for learning, use it!
Those of us 50 and beyond want to enjoy the second half of our lives, with as little stress as possible. Try some of the tips above and let us know in the comment section below if they worked for you or not.
Please leave any of your comments below. Who knows, they may be the exact thing that someone’s been looking for.
Stress Related Resources
He’s so old that when he orders a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front. -George Burns