It’s Never Too Late to Meditate
Have you always thought that meditation was for millennials? The simple fact is that meditation can help anyone of any age, in a variety of ways. Some of the benefits of meditation include:
- Stress Relief
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Anti-aging benefits
- Better rest
- Decreased blood pressure
- Improved respiratory health
- Greater creative inspiration
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Improved learning and memory function
- Increased general well-being
- Emotional stability
One term you’ve probably heard thrown around a lot lately is ‘mindfulness.’ What exactly is mindfulness? It’s the “mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.” The more a person is self-aware of what’s in their head, the better they are able to cope with life’s challenges. Knowing not only your triggers – those things that cause you stress – but also knowing what to do when those stressors arise, is of utmost important to both your mental and physical health.
You can reap instant benefits from any amount of mindful meditation. You don’t have to commit to a strict regimen of 30 minutes a day, every day. You don’t have to buy any special equipment or build a temple inside your home. You can simply opt to stretch your legs and clear your mind first thing in the morning, while you’re still in bed, before your feet even hit the floor. Or perhaps you take a daily walk after dinner? That walk is the perfect time to check in with your own mind, paying attention to current issues and stressors, and deciding to clear your mind of any negative thoughts and energy.
The benefit of meditating that is most appreciated by seniors is that it can slow the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s. A recent study showed that a combination of meditation and breathing exercises can help slow down the development of dementia-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Other studies suggest that mindfulness meditation helps people cope better with the anxiety, stress, and depression that often accompany memory loss. It’s important to learn these types of coping skills so that you can embrace the aging process. Sometimes, it’s simply the knowledge that having some sort of control over what happens in your mind and in your body that helps people cope with managing the aging process.
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