What is Mindful Ageing?
“Mindful ageing” is a practice that encourages older adults to use mindfulness as a way of coping with the challenges and changes that are a natural part of the ageing process. This non-judgmental approach to ageing promotes a more positive attitude to ageing and offers a good counter to the more negative perceptions of ageing that tend to prevail in Western societies.
Why Practice Mindful Ageing?
Mindful ageing helps both the body and the mind. Academic research has revealed that the practice of mindfulness can have many positive health outcomes for adults aged 65+, including:
- Better sleep quality
- Improved memory
- Reduced feelings of stress and anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower risk of becoming depressed
- Improved coping skills for chronic illnesses
5 Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Daily Routine
- Spend a minimum of ten minutes of every day practicing mindful meditation.
- When feeling upset about something, try to accept it and then let it go.
- Look after yourself! Eat a balanced diet, get your full eight hours of sleep, and exercise a few times a week.
- Get involved with the local community as a way to make new friends.
- When feeling stressed, take a brief mindful pause in which you fully focus on your breath and nothing else.
Discover More About Mindful Ageing
If you are interested in the subject of mindful ageing and would like to learn more, then we recommend reading the below infographic which comes courtesy of Be Independent Home Care. This useful guide offers a handy introduction to the topic and offers some advice on how to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into your day.
Scroll down to the infographic below to learn more today.