How Mindfulness Protects You as You Get Older [Infographic]
A New Attitude toward Ageing
In recent years, researchers have examined how mindfulness can benefit older adults. This has led to the emergence of a new practice called “mindful ageing.” Mindful ageing is a new approach that encourages seniors to non-judgementally accept both the positive and negative aspects of getting older. As such, mindfulness provides a highly effective useful coping tool that can help those aged 65+ deal with the challenges and changes that they encounter as they get older.
The Benefits of Mindful Ageing
Studies have linked mindfulness with a plethora of health benefits, such as better sleep, improved memory, and lower blood pressure. It has also been shown to help those who suffer from chronic illnesses to develop better coping skills. What’s more, older adults who practice mindfulness are more likely to experience lower levels of anxiety and stress.
How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Everyday Routine
Spend at least ten minutes of every day practicing mindful meditation.
- When something upsets you, try to get into the practice of accepting it, then letting go.
- When feeling stress, take a short mindful pause in which you focus completely on your breath and nothing else.
- Eat a balanced diet, keep a regular sleep schedule, and exercise regularly.
- Get involved with the local community, and make new friends.
Want to Get Started with Mindfulness?
If you would like to find out more about mindful ageing, read the infographic below from Be Independent Home Care. This highly informative guide features an easy-to-understand summary of mindful ageing, and lays out its many merits for older adults.
Need help learning mindfulness meditation? Check out Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner peace (paperback).
About the Author
Alice Lucey is the Director of Care at Be Independent Home Care, a nurse-managed and nurse-owned home care business in Dublin, Ireland. Their full-time carers are dedicated to providing a high standard of care, so that elderly people can live in their own homes, and maintain their independence.
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