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Mindful : February 2019
ways to reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being. It also improves focus, supports habit change, and may help pro- tect your memory. Remem- ber, there is no “perfect” way to meditate. It’s OK when your mind wanders, just as it’s OK if you now sit in a chair instead of on a cushion. Whatever happens, it’s normal. Get Started, Wherever You Are One of the best truths about aging is that we’re never too old to learn! What if we use our slightly wiser perspec- tive to examine habits that hinder our ability to embrace change—habits like resis- tance, rationalization, and procrastination? Focusing on diet and exercise helps you physically and offers oppor- tunities to learn new skills. Maintaining or expanding your social circles provides stimulation, connection, and maybe new experiences. Mindfulness meditation helps your brain, in part by minimizing negativity bias, which makes unpleasant thoughts (Aging is awful!) stickier than more pleasant ones (I can adjust and still enjoy life as I age). If we choose it, we might even find this new land- scape, and all the paths and vistas it affords, a welcome change. ● STUDIES SUGGEST UP TO ONE IN FIVE ADULTS FEELS CHRONICALLY LONELY. WHATEVER IT TAKES, DILIGENTLY CARVE OUT TIME WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR COMMUNITY. February 2019 mindful 29