Hobbies proven to reduce stress for retirement living seniors

Some individuals may think that when they turn 65 their lives will be stress-free. However, many retirement living seniors are surprised to discover that their anxiety increases as they get older.

According to The Buffalo News, having a hobby remains one of the best ways to combat stress. People who maintain their extracurricular activities on a regular basis are shown to be happier and healthier individuals.

Keeping stress levels down could also help many active living seniors stay strong and fit.

"There is evidence now that stress thwarts the immune system," said Dr.

Hobbies proven to reduce stress for retirement living seniors Cynthia Ambres, chief medical officer of HealthNow New York, told the news source. "Our mental health is really the driver of our physical health."

Active living seniors who participate in gardening, reading or exercising for just a half an hour a day may find an overwhelming difference in how they feel.

"People tell me all the time, 'Oh, I can't paint.' It’s worthwhile to do it anyway - because you take time and you focus away from your stress points," Ambres told the news outlet.

According to the American Institute of Stress, the effects of stress on the body include insomnia, difficulty in making decisions and frequent headaches.

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