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Printable Mindfulness Activities for Healthy Aging

October 20, 2019
Mindfulness activities for Healthy Aging

Mindfulness is the practice of being completely aware of the present moment. It involves getting in touch with your thoughts, emotions, and body without judging or critiquing anything about yourself. 

For many, taking a few moments to relax and focus on yourself might sound impossible. However, just ten minutes of mindfulness could make a significant difference in your day and has been found to drastically improve the health of your brain and memory

Recently, I wrote about finding perspective on my holiday. I returned home with the intention of making some changes in my life which would reduce the self-imposed stress and also maintain a more relaxed approach to life. My morning ritual of walking by the beach is a perfect opportunity to take a Mindfulness Walk before the ‘busyness’ of the day takes hold.

Being present and mindful has many health benefits:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Helping to slow down your thoughts
  • Helping you to focus
  • Improves Memory
  • Improves Digestion
  • Mindfulness meditation can effectively mood swings
  • Slow mindful breathing can reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate and reduce anxiety

My grandsons have taught me how to be more mindful by stopping to enjoy the moment. Adopting a child-like curiosity can lead us to mindful exploration and investigation.

Printable Mindfulness Activities for Healthy Aging

To help you unwind and get back in touch with yourself, A Place for Mom created three printable mindfulness activities. These activities include a month-long mood tracker, a morning journal prompt, and a mind map to help you sort out your thoughts. 

Click here to download the mindfulness printables! 

Try some of the techniques included in the Mindfulness printables to help get you started. There are a number of new ideas that I am going to try.

Do you practice daily Mindfulness?


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28 Comments

  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 20, 2019 at 23:58

    HI, Sue – Thank you for the printables. Grandchildren are such wonderful teachers, aren’t they? I love the new direction that you are taking with your blog, SM and studies — very exciting!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:12

      My grandsons are a constant source of learning for me especially in ways to be in the moment, have fun and enjoy. xx

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan October 22, 2019 at 07:31

    Sue, the printables are excellent. I used to do a body scan without even knowing what I was doing really. I would seek out the areas where I felt tension and try to relax them. Sometimes it is hard to go to sleep when your hands and teeth are clenched!!

    I made a commitment to myself today to return to the Calm.com meditation I am paying for but keep forgetting to use! Crazy. We are especially stressed right now with PC’s job situation, my mom and a terrible wreck Paul’s mom was in. Going to try to remember tomorrow to begin with meditation.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:13

      Hi Leslie, I haven’t done a body scan but it is a great way to be present isn’t it? I’ve seen the Calm.com meditation and I’m sure it will be very useful at the moment. Sending you hugs and hope all settles down in your world soon. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes October 22, 2019 at 09:15

    As you know, Sue, I’ve been focusing a lot on mindfulness over the last couple of years, and it has done wonders for me. My daughter credits mindfulness–and staying rooted in the present moment–for her sobriety and her sanity and even her life. She has started a weekly vlog and she talked about mindfulness today. I’m going to check out the printables now. I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:14

      How wonderful that your daughter has started a vlog. I feel that this type of project where we can talk about our issues is very cleansing and so helpful for our mental health. xx

  • Reply Antonia October 23, 2019 at 00:25

    This is so good! Often we are running though lift pell-mell and don’t think we have the time to take a breath and connect with the present. Yet there is nothing more important. My short morning yoga practice, meditation and journaling make all the difference to me. I find if I somehow miss out it affects my whole day.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:11

      What a lovely morning ritual you have Antonia and it does set you up for a positive day, doesn’t it? Have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee October 23, 2019 at 06:23

    Will check out – I’ve started doing some of my daughers logic puzzles – you have to make patterns etc with pieces that are all different shapes and colours, or the one where you move the car out of the ‘locked’ grid (Car Rush or something?). Just a few minutes a day for me.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:15

      Logic puzzles are a great way to practice mindfulness aren’t they Lydia? They also keep our brains working. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones October 23, 2019 at 07:39

    Sue I don’t practice formal mindfulness but I do try to be mindful with everything I do. I’ll check out your printable. The prompts for journalling sounds interesting #MLSTL Sharing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:17

      I admit I’m not consistent with my mindfulness Jen but find it very helpful when I do take the time. Have a great week and thanks for sharing. x

  • Reply Natalie October 23, 2019 at 08:21

    Thank you, Sue, for the printables and for hosting . I practice mindfulness every day and my yoga teacher also includes some mindfulness techniques in her classes. Have a beautiful week! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:18

      Hi Natalie, great that your yoga teacher incorporates mindfulness techniques for you to focus on. You have a lovely week too. xx

  • Reply Donna October 23, 2019 at 11:20

    Hi, Sue – I am visiting again from #MLSTL. I have shared your post on my Social Media. Thank you for all that you and Leanne do in hosting this LinkUp. It is greatly appreciated.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:10

      Thank you Donna for always being so supportive. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 23, 2019 at 12:07

    Hi BBB – these were great reminders about taking time out to breathe and to allow ourselves to be in the moment rather than rushing through life trying to accomplish more than we need to. I think we can often be our own worst enemies when it comes to things like this and I’m so glad you’ve found some middle ground since coming back from your holiday.
    Off to another great start for #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:19

      I agree, BBB, I am my own worst enemy sometimes but stepping back at the moment is certainly helping. 🙂

  • Reply Erica/Erika October 23, 2019 at 12:46

    I like everything about your post, Sue. I was intrigued with the phrase “Raisin Exercise.” I now see what you mean. The “Body Scan” has been most helpful for me. I try to do it at least once every day. I am surprised I have tension in certain areas of my body when I thought I was completely relaxed. The other thing I have started doing is stretching exercises more than once a day. I find my body requires this type of stretching.

    You have put a great deal of thought and effort into this post, Sue. I plan to reread and revisit the concepts. A great deal of information is included here.
    #MLSTL and shared on SM.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:23

      I need to try the Body Scan and found the Raisin Exercise very interesting. I hold tension and sometimes even forget to breathe! We really need to connect with our inner selves to age well and live well, don’t we? Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Theresa Muth October 23, 2019 at 13:12

    Oh, thanks for this, Sue. Mindfullness has been my focus since August and I appreciate the printables. I began meditating and it has opened up a whole world of mindful eating, thoughts and ideas. It doesn’t come naturally to me and I have to work at it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:07

      Mindfulness isn’t easy Theresa and I do believe it takes practice. However the benefits are many in helping us to age well and live well. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 23, 2019 at 15:27

    Hi Sue, thanks for another great post with resources to match! You are always so generous in sharing your thoughts and ideas with us, so thanks for your care and support. I haven’t been doing any mediation but I have been listening to my body much more than before and it seems to help keep me grounded. I’m a work in progress 🙂 Shared for #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:05

      Thank you Deb, I do care about others and although at times I push myself too far I always feel good when someone has thought my offerings were of value. Listening to our bodies is so important for ageing well and something I’m learning to do. xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle October 23, 2019 at 15:58

    Hi Sue, I’m a true believer in the benefits of mindfulness and have identified ways to bring it into my life – photography, walking, colouring, crocheting, meditation etc. I have a very busy monkey mind so mindfulness practice is a must to try and give that mind of mine a break … and also to not get caught up in rumination, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past and things like that. I’ll have to go check out those printables and will be sharing on my SM. Enjoy your week Sue! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:04

      Great ideas for mindfulness Min especially crocheting and colouring. I would love to do a photography course so may look at this in 2020. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph October 23, 2019 at 20:52

    Hi Sue, I have to say that I’m a little bit jealous of your mindful morning beach walks! That’s one activity that could always help me de-stress and hope to someday live close enough to the beach again to resume those walks. Great resources you’ve pointed us to. I have a hard time slowing down my mind so it’s something I need to give more focus and effort. Thanks for sharing them! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2019 at 14:03

      I’m very lucky Candi to have the opportunity to live by the ocean and it certainly starts my day in a peaceful way. Have a beautiful week my friend. x

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