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Mindful : February 2019
Better with Age When we aim for vibrant health and well-being, the changes associated with aging are a lot easier to navigate. We might even enjoy them. Aging happens. We all know it, and sometimes we enjoy the fruits and freedoms it brings. But it’s also humbling to experience our bodies changing, forgetting names or facts, or realizing that the world is moving ever more swiftly around us—and we’re not necessarily driving the car! But resist- ing what we can’t control only adds to discomfort and unhappiness—and ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Bertin, MD, is a developmental behavioral pediatrician and an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College. His latest book is How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids. lamenting the inevitable shifts of time doesn’t change their reality. Mindfulness helps us embrace change through accepting its inevi- tability while also actively pushing back where we can. Aging is here, and happening in every moment. This life experience accumulates whether we want it to or not. How weuseitisuptous. Change Is Always Possible However you feel about growing older, it’s possible to experience it with a greater sense of ease. One simple for- HOWEVER YOU FEEL ABOUT GROWING OLDER, IT’S POSSIBLE TO EXPERI- ENCE IT WITH A GREATER SENSE OF EASE. mula remains the best medical advice we have when it comes to aging well: healthy nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. We also now know that the brain continues to grow and change throughout our lives, and is influenced by our habitual patterns. ... And It Begins with Choice You’ve lived one way for a long time; today, there are new considerations to act on. You get to choose how to navigate this new terrain. Here are a few proven tools to help you along the journey. → By Mark Bertin PHOTOGRAPHYBYCACTUSBLAIBAULES/STOCKSY 26 mindful February 2019 LIVING | mindful md