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Posts about Mindfulness:

The Importance of Outdoor Activity for Older Adults

The Importance of Outdoor Activity for Older Adults

Research has shown that older adults who spend a reasonable amount of time outside daily tend to be healthier, both physically and mentally. Nothing rejuvenates the body like spending time outside in fresh air.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits of outdoor activities for older adults.

4 Reasons to Spend Some Time Outside

10 Signs You are Experiencing Too Much Stress

10 Signs You are Experiencing Too Much Stress

Stress, a tension we feel emotionally and physically, has infiltrated all of our lives at one point or another. It is your body's response to a challenge stemming from a disruptive or upsetting event. From this, you can feel angry, nervous, or frustrated, to name a few.

Stress can cause many physical and mental symptoms and affect how people think, act, and feel. This article will focus on the 10 common signs and symptoms of dealing with too much stress.

Ten Symptoms over feeling over-stressed

The Top 10 Benefits of Spending Time Alone

The Top 10 Benefits of Spending Time Alone

Solitude can be incredibly underrated. Many people often confuse solitude with isolation and think it is a bad thing. However, solitude is all about being in your company and enjoying it.

After all, if you can't enjoy your company, how will you enjoy others? That is why you need alone time now and then. Here are ten reasons why:

10 Benefits of Occasional Time Spent Alone

Do You Suffer From Prolonged Stress? Try Conscious Rest

Do You Suffer From Prolonged Stress? Try Conscious Rest

The latest research shows that rates of stress have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, and it is starting to affect our health. A big part of this is isolation, working from home, and disrupting our usual social activities, leaving us feeling disconnected and tired. 

An online article published in Healthline on February 5, 2021, interviewed the service chief of a psychiatric hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Michael Young. In the interview, he stated, “Social connection is a fundamental source of well-being and renewal for most people, and the ongoing social restrictions from the pandemic continue to disrupt many of the well-established social routines.”

We, as humans, are social beings. We require interaction with others. The inability to do so increases the body’s natural stress response, amping up our nervous systems, leaving us feeling more vulnerable, increasing our pain.

5 Actions To Help You Fall Asleep More Quickly

5 Actions To Help You Fall Asleep More Quickly

Sleep is a crucial part of life. We need it to survive. Therefore, falling asleep should be easy, right? You'd think that after a long day doing chores or chasing around grandkids, you'd fall asleep the moment you crawl into bed. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. Many retirees and people over the age of 60 find themselves struggling with insomnia or the inability to fall asleep at night. According to Sleep Foundation, as many as 35% of adults are affected by insomnia, and older adults are even more susceptible. 

Fall Asleep Faster with These Tips!

Below we've listed five ways seniors can treat insomnia without medication, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

Meditation has benefits for all ages but may be especially helpful for older adults. Increasing the brain's focus makes it possible to boost activity throughout the brain and activate areas that are not always used in daily tasks. This can help improve the brain's functioning in many ways and help maintain growth and mental health.

10 Benefits of Meditation 

     10. Increase Memory and Concentration

There are many forms of meditation, and they all help to calm the thought process, ease the racing thoughts that pass through the mind, and increase the health and functions of the brain. Color meditation, guided meditations, and using a picture or decoration as the focus can help maintain healthy eyes and train the mind to focus on one thing and calm thoughts in the moment. It also increases memory by concentrating on memorizing the details of the meditations and slowing down the processes that interrupt focus. Meditation also slows the effects of aging on the brain to keep it healthy and younger for longer.

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Everyone Has Pain: What Matters Is What You Do About It

Believe it or not, we all have pain. It is inevitable that we will cycle into and out of pain – what matters the most is what we do about it.

Even Pain Resolution Therapists experience pain. One more time, let me stress that it is what you do about it that counts. Do you mask it with drugs for temporary relief, or are you willing to correct the imbalance and dive into the root cause?

Strengthening Your Abs Will Not Relieve Your Tight Back

Strengthening Your Abs Will Not Relieve Your Tight Back

Tightening your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core does not relieve chronic back pain. It is possible that this approach will even make things worse!

When you take the approach of strengthening or tightening the abdominal muscles in order to counterbalance tight back muscles, you are working against your body. It results in a co-contraction of both the front and back body muscles. This then creates a braced-liked situation that creates more layers of problems than solutions.

How We Think Affects How We Feel

How We Think Affects How We Feel

Did you know that the way we think can affect how our body feels?

We create stress in our lives when we get attached to our beliefs, likes, and dislikes and set expectations. This is what holds us back and keeps us trapped in repetitive, habitual behaviors.

  • Do you always need to be liked?
  • Do you get defensive when criticized?
  • Do you judge others?
  • Do you eat to soothe yourself?
  • Do you set expectations for yourself or others?

Every one of these behaviors is created by your past collection of memories and experiences. Instead of being present to what is right in front of you, you keep repeating the past by recycling old data. Your repetitive thoughts trap you into cycles of anxiety and stress, creating suffering. What if you could let go of some of your expectations and beliefs? What if you could simply accept things as they are without adding any judgment or expectation to the moment. By being present and open, you can find joy in the moments of your life.