With the change in the economy and a downturn in economic markets and stocks falling, the older adult population is pulling back from their abilities to spend money and are conserving “fuel.” Fear of the unknown, fear of running out of money is rampant today. Have you been shoping lately? Prices for food are out-of-sight and rising as we speak. People are buying only what is necessary and less frequently. People are using candles and more blankets to save on electicity. I even find myself going around the house, shutting down lights constantly.
Anxiety is pervasive and what it can do is hurt us physically and mentally. So try to meditate, rest during the day and above all put things in perspective and limit the worrying. Be concerned if you will, but don’t worry. It does no one any good and increases the release of dangerous chemicals in our bodies that cause increased blood pressure, increased cortisol, increased blood sugar and a decrease in dopamine , which keeps us happy. Our endorphin supply will diminsh and depression can set in. Melatonin hormone supply can also diminish keeping one from getting regular sleep. Keep a journal and write down your thoughts and feelings daily. Get them out of your head and on to paper. This will help relieve stress and stressors.
Remember to exercise regularly, eat proper foods and keep social. If you find that things are getting to you, then do something creative for yourself, such as painting or sculpture or writing poetry. The brain is an infant and needs nurtured as well as used. Don’t forget to use it. We are losing brain cells daily and we forget more than we can learn, so it is a good idea to keep yourself mentally stimulated. All-in-all, the economy is something we can only control in our own environments, not globally as of yet; so limit the amount of worry about the big picture and make the little one right for you.
Dr. Eric Shapira