Coping with Ageing, psychologically
Our mind is a powerful, resourceful entity, with infinite power to heal and bring about radical changes in our lives. Our mood and emotions usually govern our actions, and have a powerful effect on our health as well. By learning to tap into the power of our mind, we can begin to make positive changes to our health, relationships and environment.
Old age brings in a variety of emotions such as fear, anger, depression, stress, youthful longing and helplessness. These emotions can in turn have negative repercussions on our health, diet and relationships. It is therefore important to develop a positive mental attitude towards the ageing process, by learning to accept the changes occurring to our bodies and developing a feeling of self-worth.
The most important contributor to the quality of life for any individual is a solid sense of self-esteem. Self-esteem can be derived by caring for yourself and others, by accomplishing tasks and responsibilities that require your talents and skills. Inter-personal relationships play an important role in boosting self-worth, and can help you share your thoughts and emotions, developing mutual understanding and respect. If you strive to increase your independence and personal responsibilities, your self-esteem will grow as well.
By visiting your altruistic side, you can start providing help to the needy, instead of fostering discouraging thoughts such as being at the receiving end of elderly support. Involving yourself in care giving activities for people as well as the environment can bring back new meaning to your life. It will also help you focus on important activities that need your skills and competence, rather than nurturing negative emotions about the ageing process. Being involved in social activities can also help you build strong intimate relationships with like-minded individuals.
Ageing can induce stress in a variety of ways. Stress can be caused due to loss of members of family or friends, age-related diseases or increased reliance on other people for daily activities. Stress is a psychological characteristic, and can be controlled by believing in your ability to cope with unfortunate situations. Self-belief can have positive effects on mental as well as physical health. Death of a friend or family member can cause depression, bereavement and temporary withdrawal. The grieving process is necessary for emotional healing, and can help you accept the loss over time. It is important not to deny the loss or change happening in ones life, no matter how painful it may be. Friends and family can help alleviate the mental agony, and bring new purpose to life.
The golden years offer you time to be involved in activities that you love. Even if you experience reduced physical and mental skills, there are many tasks that you can still accomplish, even learning new creative skills on the way. Social networks can provide physical and emotional support, significantly improving health and personal control. Close-knit relationships can bring new meaning and joy to your life. By nurturing healthy habits, such as good nutrition and exercise, you can learn to love and enjoy your precious life.