One thing I’ve noticed over my years as a therapist and personal consultant is how many seniors have a hard time asking for help. Our generation was raised to be self sufficient and keep our troubles to ourselves.
“Stiff upper lip.”
“Don’t air your dirty laundry in public”.
But as we age, new challenges crop up that our life experience hasn’t prepared us for. They can cause stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other issues… issues we should be seeking help for, such as:
• Money worries.
• Caring for an aging or ill spouse.
• Dealing with your own health or mobility issues.
• Feelings of isolation, loneliness.
• Moving to a smaller home or into seniors housing.
• Talking to your children about your needs.
• Conflicts with or among your children.
Your children might not know how to help you or they may try to help too much. They may insist on doing things their way. They may simply not understand what you’re going through. What if you don’t have kids or they live far away?
That’s when it makes sense to talk to somebody outside the family.
How to Find Help, Confidentially
Turning to a counselor or personal consultant can be a great relief. It allows you to share your deepest worries without fear of hurting someone you love or being judged. You can open up in total privacy and know the things you share will be confidential.
A professional can help you discover new ways of coping with the life changes you’re going through. And in that safe environment, you can release any pent-up anger, frustration or sadness that you’ve been holding in.
In short, there can be both emotional and practical benefits in having a compassionate, objective sounding board.
If you’d like to talk to someone who understands the unique challenges of aging, consider a personal consultant. Click here to learn how it works.
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