Take steps to manage the fear and anxiety of getting older

Stan Popovich

        Some people worry about their health and other aspects of their life as they age.
        As a result, here are seven tips on how to manage the fear and anxiety of getting older in your life.
        1. Stay healthy: The first step in not getting anxious as you get older is to get some exercise and eat a lot of healthy foods. It is important to be active and watch what you eat. Before exercising, you should talk to your doctor to make sure you do not hurt yourself.
        2. Go to your doctor appointments: Make sure you go to your regular doctor appointments to make sure that nothing is wrong with you and your health. A lot of things can be prevented if you get an early diagnosis. This will help you to remain healthy without the fear of old age.
        3. Keep your mind active: Another way of not getting stressed out as you age is to keep your mind active. Do some crossword puzzles or other challenging games to keep your mind sharp. Play some chess or some game that requires a lot of thinking. The more you use your mind the better off you will be as you get older.
        4. Reduce your stress: Learn effective ways to reduce the stress in your life. Stress is not good for you and it is important to know how to relieve your tension. There are counselors that you can talk to if you have trouble dealing with your anxieties.
        5. Stay positive: Remain positive and avoid negative thinking. Read some self-help books that have a lot of positive affirmations and statements. Reading these statements can help you to remain positive and replace negative thoughts. If you still have trouble, then see a counselor who can teach you different ways to remain positive and help reduce your worry and stress.
        6. Spend time with friends: Develop a network of friends and get involved in different social activities. Friends can reduce loneliness and make you feel better about yourself. A person can also volunteer their time to help others. There are many people who need help and volunteering will keep you active.
        7. You are in God’s hands: Sooner or later, something will happen related to your health so it is a good idea to include God in your life. If you get diagnosed with some kind of illness such as cancer, prayer will help you manage your fears and anxieties. Regardless of what you are dealing with, including God in your life will help you gain a more spiritual approach to your health issues.
        Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear.” For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, visit www.managingfear.com.


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