Do Baby Boomers Have Stress?
Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? I just found this out myself a few days ago and it made me think about stress in my own life and how it affects Baby Boomers. Seven out of 10 adults say they experience stress or anxiety every day, according to Happify, a website that uses games and tasks based in positive psychology to make you happier. It should come as no surprise then that there is anxiety among Baby Boomers.
Everyone is different, but in general Baby Boomers are most concerned about the financial, physical and social challenges of growing older.
• Will I outlive my money?
• Will I stay healthy as I age?
• Will I grow old alone?
I’ve found that most Baby Boomers don’t worry too much about how long they’re going to live, but how well they will live during those years. Experts suggest that many Boomers feel as much as 15 years younger than people the same age a generation ago. Boomers believe “old age” is somewhere around 78 or 80, and most Boomers without major health problems just assume they’re going to live to about 86. That’s a reasonable assumption. The life expectancy of a current 60 year old, according to government statistics, has reached a record 84 years.
There are, however, more immediate challenges that are causing stress for many Baby Boomers. This is the social phenomena of being the “Sandwich Generation.” Many still have children at home or grown children who have returned home to live because of their own financial situation. Yet, many of the Boomers are now caring for aging parents and the responsibilities that go with that, hence, being “sandwiched” with responsibilities.
Personally, I can relate to some of these Baby Boomer stressors. I remember the stress of having elderly father living 5 hours away from where I lived and worked. At that time, I was still working in the corporate world and all of the stressors that go along with that. It was nearly impossible to find balance in my life at that time. I don’t know what I would have done if I also had a child still at home!
What about the stress of outliving their money? Statistics show that nearly 75% of Baby Boomers plan to work either part-time or full-time after traditional retirement age. Many don’t necessarily want to continue in their previous professions, but are the largest segment of the population starting businesses, buying franchises, joining a network marketing companies or training for entirely new careers.
Since chronic stress can be bad for your health, leading to weight gain, sleep problems and memory issues, it’s important to find ways to productively deal with the stress that comes with these challenges. I can help you through these challenges with Life Coaching for those at mid-life and beyond and with cutting-edge nutritional products geared towards the health issues caused by stress. Please reach out to me for a 1-hour Complementary Consultation. So did you reflect during April on how stress is affecting you? You have one day left!
And for your enjoyment, I’m including a link to a list of 13 activities proven to help manage stress that Happify has put together.
“He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition; youth and age are equally a burden.” Plato (427-346 B.C.)
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren