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These days we are seeing a lot in the news about mindfulness. If you are curious to know more about this new-fangled practice, then you should check out our guide below

What is Mindfulness? A Quick Primer

Mindful.org defines mindfulness as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” Mindfulness is great because it gives people of all ages a therapeutic tool that lets them overcome the stresses of everyday life.

How Does Mindfulness Work?

When practicing mindfulness, you develop a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings in a way that is focused, calm and non-judgemental. By focusing your attention on the here and now you can switch your brain off auto-pilot mode and feel more alert and relaxed. The skill of focusing your mind on the present moment is already within us, but you can improve this skill through a few techniques including meditation, yoga and breathing exercises. 

Recently, researchers have looked at how mindfulness can benefit those aged 65+ and this has led to a new practice called “mindful ageing”. Mindful ageing encourages seniors to embrace a new attitude to ageing which accepts both the good and the bad aspects of getting older. 

Seniors who practice mindfulness tend to experience less anxiety and stress. It has also been found to give older adults a useful coping tool for dealing with the challenges and changes that naturally happen as you age.   

Want to Get Started with Mindfulness?

If you are interested in finding out more about mindful ageing, then you should peruse the infographic below which comes from the guys at Be Independent Home Care. This super helpful guide features a jargon-free summary of mindful ageing and goes through its many merits for older adults. 

Infographic entitled “How Mindfulness Protects You as You Get Older” created by Alice Lucey for beindependenthomecare.

Simone Santarelli

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