As we age, it becomes more challenging to find ways to deal with stress. Facing changes in our routines that we have structured for years, such as a challenging medical diagnosis or grieving the loss of a spouse, can weigh on our emotions and our mental health.
If you are facing a particularly difficult amount of stress on a day-to-day basis, this can have long-term effects on your health. This is why it is essential to know the short-term symptoms of stress that may be affecting you and causing you to suffer, such as:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Hair loss
- Skin issues, such as rashes, hives, or breakouts
- Fatigue or sleeplessness
- Heightening of asthmatic symptoms
- Headaches or migraines
- Digestive issues, such as overeating, under eating, or irritable bowel syndrome
By keeping in mind the short-term effects of stress on seniors, we can make sure to prioritize mindful living and seek ways to unwind on a more regular basis for the sake of our health as we age.
Written By: Sally Perkins