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Someone once said that getting older isn’t for cowards. That’s because there’s nothing easy about aging. Your body is going through changes and at the same time, your new normal is shifting.

You may suddenly become an empty nester. You may face retirement. All of a sudden you may be dealing with health challenges. You may have a get up and go spirit but your body isn’t on board with that.

You might find yourself unable to participate in the things that you used to do with the same ease of movement. That bothers you because you don’t feel any different emotionally that you did when you were a young twenty something.

Sure, you have more wisdom and probably a lot more money and you’re better established in life. You feel like you, but you don’t think you look like the inner you. You realize that there are wrinkles on your face. Continue reading

Financial stress is one of the biggest causes of stress that millions of people deal with. It can cause you to have knots in your stomach as well as make it difficult to sleep at night.

You might worry about retirement or it may be a bigger financial stress such as how you’re going to be able to pay the bills this month. Your current situation may be such that you can’t alleviate your financial stress quickly.

While you may not be able to do that, you can still use self care tactics to make sure you don’t allow the stress to wreak havoc on you physically or emotionally. Start by releasing yourself from the guilt you might be feeling.

Where you are financially might be because you made some mistakes. If so, don’t berate yourself about it. Applying negative feelings toward anything to do with finances can make you reluctant to face what’s going on, so you’ll limit your ability to fix the problem when that happens. Continue reading

Uncertainty is the unpredictable. You feel apprehension and that’s usually connected to the unknown. You might be in the middle of circumstances and you don’t know what the outcome is going to be.

Not knowing what’s coming or how you’re going to get through something can be difficult to handle if you don’t know how to cope. Being stuck in uncertainty can make you lose sleep, make you lose your appetite or overeat.

It can cause all kinds of physical problems as well as open the door for fear, anxiety, irritability and depression. Using self-care techniques to cope with uncertainty can help you feel calm and eliminate physical manifestations.

One technique is to control the “what if” reaction. When things are uncertain, many people immediately jump to conclusions. They’re projecting the worse case scenario and living in fear. Continue reading

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