The one thing that virtually all baby boomers have in common is the daily stress of just living. So much has changed for baby boomers since they first enjoyed those days of youth culture when hairstyle and rock music seemed like the most important things in the world. But, like all generations before them and to come, baby boomers had to grow up and take on the responsibilities of raising a family, making a living and figuring out their place in this big complicated world. Al least most of us did.
Stress comes from a lot of sources. Obviously, we get it from work. We think of the work place as a source of stress because it is a place where making a living is paramount and there are daily demands, deadlines and schedules to be met. This is true if we get a paycheck or run our own business.
The second most common source of stress – dealing with “idiots” or at least difficult people during our day either at work or in public.
But stresses don’t end when we walk out of our workplace. traffic tself can be a stress. Then the joys of raising children and marriage can also bring some trials with them as well. It is common to return home from a difficult day only to face serious problems at home. In this situation, it seems that the stress and anxiety just keep mounting up.
For most, the rigors of being an adult are not the adult life most of us baby boomers envisioned in our youth when we were somewhat naive and idealistic. We all know stress can tear us down and lead to serious medical and mental problems if we don’t develop some coping techniques to deal with it.
You may find that like me, you may use some of these techniques and good coping mechanisms helpful in defraying the stress in our lives.
- Get away from it. To put the cares of the world in perspective, sometimes we have to get away from them for a while. If nothing else, just soaking in a hot bathtub with a good magazine and some happy music can wash away the cares of the world and let them swirl down the drain with the bubbles. But look for chances to relax and put those worries aside for a little bit. It will help you calm your mind, rest your system and be ready to deal with those issues without so much anxiety, which doesn’t do anybody any good.
- Partner with your family. Your spouse and children don’t want to see you stressed out. But sometimes they don’t know how much they add to the problems when they throw the problems of the day at you as soon as you walk through the door. It’s good for them to see the world through your eyes. But remember that they are stressed with school or issues of work and relationships too. So partner together to have a little time to just be family and love away that anxiety. Everybody will be better for it.
- Take time for health. Its strange but our diet and rest are the things we need the most to cope with stress and yet those are the areas of life that are most damaged if we let stress wear us down. So go back to basics and make sure you get good meals, good rest and take care of yourself. It will make you a better worker and stronger for your family as well.
Seeing stress as a serious enemy to your lifestyle above and beyond the causes of stress is a big step forward to not letting this enemy continue to damage your ability to be a good worker and family member. But if you take action to keep stress from dominating your life, you are going to increase the chances to find good solutions for yourself and be more able to attack problems and solve them with the creativity and intelligence people know you for.