Written By Sally Phillips
Growing older is an inevitable part of life, but it can be difficult for many of us to accept. With the world’s senior population growing at an unprecedented rate, it’s more important now than ever that we embrace ways to come to terms with our lives and our mortality. Mindful living has come to the forefront as one of the keys to healthy aging, allowing us to seize each moment with the same passion that we did when we were younger. Here are just some of the ways that mindful living is helping people to age well and enjoy all of the rich experiences that life after retirement has to offer.
It can be difficult to recognize the signs of illness or strife in our bodies, especially if we have other things on our mind. By focusing on the present, mindful living can help you to gain a greater appreciation for your own health. It’s important to listen to your body as you grow older and pay attention to your physical self. This is the best way to detect problems before they become life-threatening and is one of the best preventative measures when it comes to medical care.
Not only does mindful living encourage you to focus on the body but also the soul. Instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness encourages you to embrace the present. It can help you to reduce your stress levels and gain more fulfillment out of life. Paying attention to each sound, sight, and smell gives us a greater appreciation for the world we live in and our limited time on this earth.
As children, many of us had no problem making new friends, but it can be more difficult forging a relationship as an adult. Even people that you’ve known and loved for years can be difficult to read at times. Paying close attention to your surroundings can help you to pick up on subtle cues from others about their wants and needs, allowing you to better understand and relate to them.
As we age, we tend to experience a decline in cognitive functioning and loss of senses. It can be more challenging to learn, remember, and pay attention. Mindful living keeps the mind active and engaged, helping to slow or prevent a loss of mental functioning in older adults.
Growing older shouldn’t mean that you lose your passion for life. Mindful living can help you to live in the moment and appreciate the world around you. You can continue growing into the person that you want to be, mind, body, and soul.