Forgetting Your Troubles as You Age

Looking for a concrete method to reduce some of the special stressors you might be experiencing now that you’re on the other side of 50? My special guest blogger, Amazon bestselling stress management author and happiness guru, Evelyn Brooks, shares one of her strategies.

Hi, I’m Evelyn Brooks from www.gethappytoday.com and I’m so glad to be here at my friend Karen’s blog.

A big part of being happy and healthy is learning how to control your stress so it doesn’t get out of hand. This can become challenging after 50 because of several factors:

1. You might be looking at your bank balance and retirement fund, and worrying over how you will afford to stop working when you reach “retirement age.”

2. Your kids (and/or grandkids) may be in financial need themselves, and you wish you could help more.

3. Family members might not be supportive of the special projects you are pursuing, so you’re tempted to give up on old dreams. Who needs them, anyway?

4. Your busy life may be even busier than before because you have new health concerns or aches and pains you don’t remember having at a younger age, and now you have to deal with doctor appointments and all the time and expense involved.

5. You can add your own list here!

The thing about stress – at least the mental variety, which is what most of us deal with on a regular basis – is that it really is “all in your mind” when it comes to the thoughts you perpetuate and the attitude you hold throughout the day. Your perception of what you see is even more important than the reality, because it shapes your feelings and your actions. When you gain an attitude of relaxed acceptance, you can shift the dynamics of your daily life in a very short time.

Learning how to discipline your thoughts is one of the key steps in getting chronic or excess stress under control.  It’s an important thing to understand and put into effect, because stress contributes to a whole host of diseases and problems, including: high blood pressure; heart disease; elevated cholesterol levels; bone loss (increased osteoporosis risk); diabetes; insomnia; indigestion; memory loss; low libido; pain, including headaches; depression; anxiety; weight gain and obesity; substance abuse; skin conditions such as eczema; auto-immune disease; and cancer.

If you are ready to change the way you handle your stress level, and would like to live more fully and happily, then please enjoy this excerpt from my book, “Forget Your Troubles: Enjoy Your Life Today” – Chapter 6, “Lights, Camera, Action!”

Evelyn's Bestselling Stress Management Book

Be the Star of Your Own Life

 

❏         It’s time to ACT

Sound exciting? Or maybe a bit scary? Change can feel like yet another burden at first, but if you’re willing to practice the simple exercises, you’ll soon get results and will feel better about yourself and your life.

Somewhere in your story is the image of a perfect, stress-free time. Maybe it was a day at summer camp where you hiked through the woods, feeling free and strong and invincible. Or a whirlwind trip to another city where you dashed from one exciting vista to the next, and ended the day at a wonderful restaurant whose food you can still savor in your memory.

As you think about ways to reduce your stress load, look for ways to capture the feelings you had on that perfect stress-free day in the past. You may not be able to recreate the event or the vacation to every last detail today, but you can find the essence of what made it so special. And gift yourself with those experiences in your everyday life. Be creative. Look for ways to treat yourself well. It doesn’t have to cost money.

It’s been a pleasure visiting here with you today! Stop by my blog for a bonus gift, and more tips on stress relief – www.evelynbrooks.com

Live well and be well, until we meet again,

Evelyn Roberts Brooks

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