Close your eyes. Inhale counting to four. Exhale counting to four. Repeat as necessary.
This breathing technique is one way to calm your mind, body, and soul and is perfect for increasing focus, soothing your nerves and reducing stress. Stress is part of your life at any age, and it’s important to find techniques to help you manage the effects it has on your mind and body. We at Springpoint Senior Living have found that taking part in relaxing activities, like mindfulness and meditation, allows you to better focus your thoughts, handle stress and enjoy life.
Mindfulness and meditation are two ways to connect with yourself and distress. Although different, these practices complement each other, and they often overlap. Mindfulness is the practice of being conscious of something, a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment and becoming wholly aware of your current situation. Meditation is a technique that trains attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally stable state.
Mindfulness is something you’re able to practice at all times – not just something you have to set aside 20 minutes a day to focus on. It is an overall state of well-being and inner strength that allows you to get through tough times and stop stressors from having such a negative impact on your body. Mindfulness allows you to take control of your thoughts and feelings, offering the opportunity for you to approach stressful situations with composure. Throughout the day, assess your surroundings and make an effort to focus on the present moment.
A technique to achieve a state of mindfulness is meditation. Meditation is something every person can do – it doesn’t cost a thing or requires any special equipment. There are also many different types of meditation, some of the more popular being mantra meditation and movement meditation. New to meditation and not sure where to start? Check out the UCLE Mindful Awareness Research Center’s page on guided meditations. This resource will help you start by taking time out of your day to distress.
Learning boundaries and focusing on the things that are most important to you, the things you love the most can help you reduce the stress in your life. There’s no need to concern yourself with trivial matters and bring unwanted anxiety. You deserve to be happy and enjoy what life has to offer.
In addition to your mindfulness and meditation exercises, every Springpoint Senior Living continuing care retirement community offers amenities that allow you to reduce stress and unwind. At The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, we offer rides on our private pontoon boat perfect for enjoying a serene cruise on the water. You can get a relaxing massage in our spa room at Monroe Village. And Meadow Lakes is located on an accredited arboretum, allowing you to take walks to connect with nature. These are just a few amenities available for you – so contact us today to learn how many options you have by choosing Springpoint.