Health is also related to thinking. This has been heard. But now a new research has also suggested that realizing the negative aspects of old age has an effect on your physical health and it also affects your ability to fight stress. This research findings have been published in the Journals of Gerontology.
Researchers at OSU found, based on daily survey data of older adults over a period of 100 days, that those with positive perceptions of aging had stronger stress coping abilities than those with negative perceptions.
Dakota Witzel, a researcher in OSU's College of Public Health and Human Science and lead author of the study, said that feeling good about old age is better for your health. It doesn't matter how much stress you go through. Research on stress has found that the effects of daily and long-term stress manifest in the form of many symptoms on health. These include high blood pressure, heart disease and loss of cognitive ability. But the feeling of tension created by perception is equally risky.
For the study, the researchers conducted an online survey of 105 elderly people in the age group of 52 to 88 years and tried to know their life and social experiences (PULSE). Based on this, perception-based stress and its effect on health were assessed for 100 days. Along with this, a questionnaire regarding old age was also filled from them. In the questions, it was asked that about the difficulties that you felt today, do you believe that it is so difficult that you cannot overcome it. Also do you think that you have become so old that there is no longer any use.
It was found that people who had bad feelings about old age also had higher levels of perception-based stress. Whereas people with positive feelings had fewer symptoms of illness. It is noteworthy that on days when there were more negative feelings about old age, the symptoms of health problems were three times more than on normal days. In other words, the positive feeling of old age creates a protective effect against the health effects of stress.
Witzel said this means that thinking patterns or modes of communication that reinforce the archaic negativity about old age have an effect on a person's material life. These things not only affect our health but also create problems in daily life.