When I wrote Dealing With Depression Doesn’t Mean You’re Crazy, I was amazed at the heartfelt response from the Sixty and Me readers.
If you have read Six Lessons My Mother Taught Me about Aging Well, you will remember that my mother did NOT age well! And one of the areas that created a lot of havoc in her life was her mental health. She became consumed by a total loss of enjoyment in everything around her.
When we think about what it takes to stay healthy after 60, we usually think about what we should say “yes” to – more exercise, more veggies, more social interaction and move walking. Unfortunately, this is only half of the story. In order to get the most from life after 60, we also need to eliminate negative forces in our life. We need to remove anxiety, eliminate toxic people and get rid of our bad habits.
Here are 5 things that you can eliminate to improve your health after 60:
If you are trying to reduce stress, you may be overthinking the problem. That’s the conclusion that I came to after talking with hundreds of women in our community.
Most women my age, to one degree or another, are wondering how to deal with stress and anxiety. Some people, like me, even thrive with a little stress in our lives. We feel that stress, up to a certain point, makes us stronger and more alive.
Others fear stress or all kinds and do everything that they can to avoid it. What stresses you out? Do you think that there are some kinds of stress that are positive, while others are negative?
I have always considered myself a sensitive person. I cry easily. I tear up while watching the news or reading a human interest story. I weep at both happy and sad movies, at weddings, concerts, reunions and listening to music. I even cry when I read those Facebook posts with titles that end with “you won’t believe what happens next.”
Learning how to deal with stress is not a simple matter. After all, stress is different for every woman. Some find it easy to deal with complex problems, but are overwhelmed by tiny annoyances. Others constantly worry about everything, from finances to family.
Why is a 60-year-old woman going to see “Frozen”, an animated children’s Disney movie, for the third time? The answer is that this film quite honestly changed my life.
Women over 60 are entering a new chapter of life. We have lived and loved and recovered from heartbreak and loss, we have strived in the career arena and tended the home fires and (often) nurtured children and cared for aging parents of our own. And as we get older, because of all that we have experienced and surmounted during our lives, many women over 60 find themselves feeling more optimistic about life than ever before.