As you enter your twilight years, you should ideally be entering them as stress-free as possible. Stress can have a hugely negative impact on your health and wellbeing, which is why it’s key to get your stress under control so you can enjoy growing old.
Here are some tips to avoid stress in older age:
Cut down on sugar
What goes up, must come down- and that includes your blood sugar. When your blood sugar spikes, it then crashes, causing low energy levels and mood swings. Glycation contributes to your aging and is due to sugar messing with your proteins- making it difficult for them to do their jobs.
Meditation is one of the best ways to de-stress for people of all ages. If you’ve never meditated before, or you’ve tried and you found it too hard, don’t worry. There are a number of excellent apps that have guided meditations that can do everything from help you sleep to improve your focus.
Yoga isn’t for everybody, but it’s well worth giving it a try if you’re hoping to de-stress. Not only can it help with both flexibility and muscle strength, but it can also help you improve your sleep patterns, reduce stress, depressions, and anxiety, and help promote healthy cardiovascular and respiratory function. There are many different types of yoga depending on how fit you are, including hot yoga, Vinyasa, and gentle yoga.
Cut out toxic people
It’s difficult to age without stress if you’re constantly dealing with people who are stressing you out. The answer? Cut them out of your life. This may sound harsh, but if you’ve spoken to someone about the way they behave or treat you, and they refuse to change, why let them keep you up at night? You’ll be surprised at just how much your life improves when you’re no longer dealing with the people who stress you out the most.
Even if you’ve never lifted weights before, it’s never too late to start. As you get older, your muscle disappears, because your body is producing less growth hormone and testosterone, and more of the stress hormone cortisol. One great way to combat this is through weight training, which will help you stay lean, protect against muscle loss, and reduce your stress. Just 20 minutes a few times each week can make a massive difference.