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.