The days when a woman over sixty wore granny dresses and sat on the porch in a rocking chair are long gone. Today’s women over 60 dress fashionably and are as active as women in their 30s. However, just as with younger women, being a woman over the age of sixty can come with stressors.
Stress can affect you in many different ways, but all of them can lead to health problems. In this blog, you’ll find a few ways to reduce that stress and go on to live a happy, healthy life for many years to come.
Use Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Everyone has heard that essential oils, aromatherapy, and the like are good for your body, mind, and soul. There is evidence that points strongly to essential oils being great for relieving tension and calming stress levels.
Smelling these essential oils, whether in candle form, a warmer, or a few drops in your bath water can go a long way towards calming your mind and relieving those knots in your neck and back from unwanted tension.
Relax and Take it Easy for a While
While you want to stay as active as possible, you still need time to relax and just take it easy for a while. Schedule a night out for dinner with friends, take in a movie, or even slip on a pair of comfortable sandals and take a walk after dinner. Relaxing, whether with a good book or in a bubble bath, is essential when you’re lowering your stress levels.
Get Enough Exercise
Just because you’re over sixty doesn’t mean you get a pass on exercising and staying in shape. There are plenty of exercises out there for women this age. It’s best to consult your primary care provider before starting any new exercise routine, however, no matter what age you are.
Your doctor can help you come up with an exercise plan that will be beneficial without hurting you, and allow you to stay active at the same time. Remember, even walking twice a day will get you out of the house into the fresh air and help you get exercise at the same time. Exercise is also great for relieving stress levels, so it’s a win-win no matter how you look at it.
Try Herbal Supplements/Teas
Many people find that herbal teas and supplements help to decrease their anxiety and stress levels. Although there is little scientific evidence to back up these claims, these types of remedies have been used for years to help with stress levels.
It’s important, as stated before, to talk to your primary health care provider about whether herbal supplements will counteract any other medicines you’re taking at the moment. Herbal teas are a great way to unwind at the end of a long, hard day. They come in different flavors and taste great as well.
Get a Pet/Spend Time with Animals
Pets offer compassion, companionship, loyalty, and support in so many ways. Spending time with animals or adopting your own pet is a great way to reduce any stress you might be feeling. Research shows that pets can be helpful with a number of physical and mental conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
There are plenty of options for adopting pets, whether it’s a dog, cat, or horse out there. You’ll be helping the pet and yourself at the same time.
These are just a few of the top ideas out there for coping with stress as a woman in your sixties. Remember, sixty is the new thirty, so get out there and live your life.
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