Positive Outlooks When Getting Older

Positive Outlooks When Getting Older

Getting older sucks, but some people handle it better than others. Some do find it hard. On a brighter note, though, it is possible to help your spouse rediscover those positive outlooks. I’ll use a spouse as an example. Identifying the source of your loved one’s troubles is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. Nonetheless, some problems are far more common than others. Here are four lifestyle changes that address the most common issues and how you can help, if help is wanted and needed.

1| Help Them Regain A Youthful Look

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. When getting older a little help with this can be appreciated. If they are concerned you can help your loved one knock a few years off of their look, and often change of mentality will follow. How we look and our self-esteem can often be linked. Hair transplants are perhaps the most significant transformation. Especially as baldness can harm a person’s confidence. Even smaller changes such as a change of clothing style should bring a noticeable change in next to no time.

A more youthful appearance can trick the mind into feeling younger. This will encourage your loved one to regain their positive outlooks.

2| Encourage A Fitness Regime

A fitness routine isn’t necessarily just about shedding the pounds. Increased flexibility and pain-free movement can really enhance the way your loved one feels. Therefore, encouraging them to embrace the benefits of yoga can be as useful as lifting weights or hitting the treadmill. When they feel physically stronger and supple, the benefits in their daily life are enormous.

It’s also an opportunity to spend more time together as a couple. What more could either of you ever ask for from a new fitness plan?

3| Support Their Business Dreams

Our careers consume a huge percentage of our lives. When we’re young, we all have aspirations of achieving great things. Sadly, it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut as we get older. Whether it’s encouraging an entrepreneur to host a corporate event or a worker to chase a promotion doesn’t matter. The psychological impacts of relighting the fire can work wonders. Moreover, the financial rewards gained from hitting those goals and targets will unlock new prospects.

Most importantly, though, it can make your partner feel like a new person. It will show in other aspects of their life to further support the youthful vibe.

4| Encourage Positive Outlooks By Celebrating Their Hobbies

Enjoyment of leisure time is something heavily linked to your youth. So, one of the best ways to support a loved one in this quest for youthful happiness is to focus on an old hobby. From playing an instrument to watching a local sports team, time spent doing things they did in previous years is amazing. Once again, this is something that can be enjoyed as a couple. You can even learn to love each other’s pastimes. Roy and I, for example, both share a keen love for Dungeons and Dragons and the joy this shared hobby brings is something we hope to experience for many years.

Connecting with youthful feelings in this way can truly transform the outlook on life for both of you. Work together on helping each other as a couple, and your lives will be better than ever.

 

Suffering From Stress? Recognise The Signs

Suffering From Stress? Recognise The Signs

Modern life seems to be designed to stress us out. Work, family, finances, health, politics, the list is endless.  If you’re suffering from stress recognising the signs is essential.

Our stress response is a natural reaction to various situations.  In evolutionary terms, it has kept up alive by activating our ‘fight or flight’ response, readying our body for action by increasing our heart rate and raising our blood pressure. 

People deal with stress in different ways.  Sometimes we don’t even realise we’re struggling.  Too much stress, for too long, can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health, which is why it’s important to recognize the signs and act early.

You Can’t Get Through The Day Without Something

Some people don’t feel their day has started until they’ve had their hit of coffee, or like to wind down after a week at work with a drink or two. That’s fairly common, but if you’re finding yourself relying on recreational drugs, food or alcohol to get you through each day, then you need to address the situation before it really gets out of hand. 

Help is available if you’re looking to do an alcohol detox or curb your unhealthy eating habits.  Make an appointment with your GP and they will be able to refer you for specialist treatment. 

Suffering From Stress: Mood & Behavioural Changes

One of the first things you’ll likely notice is a change in your emotions.  Sometimes you might brush these off or put them down to having a bad day/week. If you find yourself making excuses for your emotions or moods quite often, then this is a sign of stress. It can manifest in a number of ways: 

  • Feeling overwhelmed all the time
  • Moody, angry and easily agitated
  • Tearfulness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Little interest in your usual hobbies
  • Avoiding contact with others
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Constantly worrying about things
  • Forgetfulness
  • Being overly pessimistic (unless you’re a natural “glass half empty” person)

Physical Symptoms Of Stress

The mind and body are inextricably linked and because of this, stress can have a huge effect on your overall health.  

  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain 
  • Low energy
  • Frequent colds or bugs
  • Aching muscles
  • Digestive issues – constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion
  • Chest pain
  • Shaking 
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure (leading to serious heart problems)
  • Obesity 
  • Skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema)

How To Get Help When Suffering From Stress

Depending on why you’re stressed, there are a number of ways to reduce and deal with the amount of stress in your life.  In all circumstances, a good standard of self-care and quality time to yourself and maintaining a balanced diet and exercise plan,  can work wonders, and make you more resilient to everyday stressful events.  

However, if you’re suffering for a number of the symptoms above, feeling helpless and can’t see a way out of the situation, you need to visit your GP in the first instance, they will be able to help refer you to any necessary therapy or help groups while also helping treat any of the physical symptoms you are experiencing. 

You can also visit the NHS website for information on dealing with stress.