When you enter your senior years, you probably expect that you don’t have to do much when it comes to handling life’s challenges. You’ve been through so much over the years, that you’re basically an expert at everything. The only thing is that life doesn’t get magically easier just because you’re older. No, it still challenges you, and it will until you take your last breath.
So, what are you supposed to do when you’re faced with a situation that you’re not used to handling?
You handle it.
While the fact that life will continue to throw challenges at you isn’t what changes, how you handle those challenges does. You aren’t the same person you were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Through all of the situations you’ve through in life, you’ve learned something. Those things you learned need to be used to help you get through the situation you’re going through with now.
Here’s the thing: you are wise. You have more wisdom than you’ll ever know. Sure, you know you are smart, but when it comes to taking care of your life, you are the expert. You know what you need for yourself and what you need to do to get it. You’ve been doing it for long enough, right?
This means that you should have confidence in the way you handle situations now. You should be able to look at what is happening and now for a fact that you can handle it. Don’t allow yourself to talk yourself out of doing this with authority and assurance. You got this more than you think.
What if you don’t know what to do?
If you don’t know what to do, that doesn’t mean that you are not able to handle a situation. It just means that you have to think about it a little longer and harder.
Remember you have a lifetime of experiences to look back on when you try to come up with a way to handle a situation. You need to sit and think about all of them to come up with a plan for the current situation. This can be hard if you are going through something that stirs up a lot of anxiety inside of you. However, don’t let those emotions keep you from making a good decision.
How to Calm Your Emotions
You know how your emotions can get the best of you at times. This is normal and it’s what makes us all human. The best way to ensure that those emotions don’t cause you to deal with situations in a bad way is to take care of them first.
Your body and mind tell you what is most important. Your emotions are strong because they are most important. You need to comfort yourself and allow your emotions to simmer down before you tackle the reason you’re upset. Once you can get your emotions to take a back seat in the situation, you’ll be able to see things much clearer and be able to act on them with much more confidence.
This advice you just received comes from someone who has experience helping seniors. He is a senior helping seniors – Kendall Van Blarcom. Contact Kendall today for more help in your life. He’s been a therapist and now a personal consultant for over two decades, and he would love to help you make sense of this time in your life.