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It is important to reduce the amount of stress you have in your life at any age, but it is especially important in your later years. Stress can have many negative effects on one’s body and these negative effects may be easier to bounce back from at a young age, but it can become more difficult to recover as time goes on. Stress can affect not only your mental health, but your physical health as well. Stress may exist at any age, but what changes are the things that cause you to have stress and your response to it.

New Causes of Stress

Some things that may have caused stress in the past could be a long day at work, managing your children, or trying to set long-term goals. As we age, our stress may come from worrying about our physical health and well-being, our future, and how these things affect your loved ones. These stressors may lead to tension headaches, indigestion, lack of sleep, or anxiety. It is important to recognize these triggers of stress and manage them to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

How to Manage Stress

Once you recognize that stress is causing the symptoms listed above, it is recommended that you talk about the things that are concerning you with your loved ones and to make sure that you are attending your regular checkups with your doctor. Your doctor may suggest that you partake in activities that get you moving and bring you joy. Also, your doctor may suggest maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Setting up a Life Care plan through Glen Arden can greatly help to reduce stress because it allows you to prepare for the long-term care you may need in the future while focusing on living in the present. Life Care plans can also give you peace of mind by knowing you have a fixed, predictable cost that will not change no matter how your level of care changes.

It is important to pay attention to your mind and body to ensure you are keeping yourself healthy. Stress can take a huge toll on your overall quality of life and it’s important to ask for help when you need it.

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