How to Combat Stress at Any Age – by Sally Perkins
The modern lifestyle is full of rushing around, worrying about what others are doing and trying to fit a million things into a short space of time. This can lead to stress and illness, particularly as you get older. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Buddhism is a mindful art that helps us to be the best we can be. By choosing to practise some Buddhist elements we can reduce stress and live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Buddhism isn’t a religion, it’s more of a philosophy that you can draw on to improve your lifestyle and outlook. In particular, the meditation and mindfulness it promotes can help combat stress. If you struggle with stress and regularly feel it bearing down on you, it can cause a number of problems, including:
· High blood pressure.
· Heart disease.
· A weak immune system.
These are all potentially serious. But, there are some simple ways to reduce stress that can benefit your general life outlook, too.
Effective ways to combat stress are:
· Practice yoga.
· Walk away when you feel angry.
These are all aspects of Buddhism and great habits to get into, particularly if you’re the kind of person who quickly and easily feels stressed.
Check out this article which will you help you understand better the consequences of stress on our bodies.
Senior Health and wellness is something I have not discussed before on skin & satori but is none-the-less something close to my heart. My own dear father is a few months away from turning 90 and has had extreme ill-health over the last few years. He is 95% blind, has been in and out of hospital (even a very scary stay in ICU) and relies entirely on my mother for almost 24/7 care, which in turn is causing her to have depression and anxiety. Because of his blindness, he also has developed depression and spends days at a time in bed, only leaving to eat and go to the bathroom.
I strongly believe that leading a more mindful existence and practising stress-relieving activities such as meditation and yoga would have assisted my father greatly in prolonging his former good health. Many people from his generation were never exposed to these practices so never knew they existed. I know from having a few close relatives from that generation (the aptly named Silent Generation) that they are more inclined to internalise and “suffer in silence” than ever admit that they were stressed out or take steps to negate the stress.
Sadly for my father, his emerging dementia means that his mind is now on the fade and unable to help himself in that way anymore.