Mindfulness is a way of thinking that brings thoughts not to the future or to the past, but instead to the present moment. It encourages us to pay attention to the here and now instead of what might have been or what could be. Studies have shown that mindfulness for seniors has a variety of positive benefits including decrease in stress, reduced markers for inflammation (risk factors for cancer and heart disease), improved sleeping habits, reductions in memory and an overall decrease in loneliness. Try these simple ways to add mindfulness to your healthy aging lifestyle:
Deep Breathing - A few deep, long breaths a few times a day may be just enough to help you feel grounded and mindful. Most of the time, our breaths are short and shallow. But deep breathing allows plenty of oxygen to the parts of your body that need it.
Meditation - You don’t need formal training or a lot of time to try meditation. Simply close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Try to clear your mind or focus on one thing in particular like God or something that’s important to you. Meditation can also be done through prayer.
Stretches - Stretching can also help you bring attention to the present moment by connecting you with your breath and your physical body. Begin by sitting in a chair and lifting your arms up toward the ceiling, then place your hands on their chair and twist from side to side.
With a few simple techniques, you can make mindfulness part of your healthy aging journey. For more information about the aging journey, visit us online at www.Tabitha.org. Have questions about how Tabitha can support your health at-home? Contact a Tabitha Continuum Navigator at 402.486.8520.