Dealing with stressful factors in our lives can be extremely challenging, especially as we age. Stress may result from transitions, such as retirement or moving to a new home, or from new changes that come with age. Grieving the loss of a friend or spouse or confronting a difficult medical diagnosis can weigh on our minds and emotions, leading to health risks.
For senior citizens, it is important to recognize symptoms of stress that can cause more serious health risks down the line, such as:
- Headaches or migraines
- Hair loss or hair thinning
- Skin issues, such as rashes, acne, or hives
- Sleeplessness or fatigue
- Amplified asthma symptoms
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Digestive issues from overeating or undereating
All of these short-term symptoms of stress will have more dangerous consequences if gone untreated and may lead to cancer, heart disease, and a weakened immune system. Knowing the effects of stress on your health is important to having a healthy mind, body, and spirit as you live out your golden years.