5 Reasons to Try Meditation for Vital Aging

Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 20 – 2/18/15

 Asian woman meditating.

(1) Meditation may help us sleep better. At least 40% of Americans don’t get enough of the quality sleep they need to function well (Aschwanden).  Many of these insomnia sufferers are women.  Our insomnia is caused by hormonal changes we face in our lives, such as pregnancy and perimenopause.  Bea is one of those women, and she’s ready to try meditation to get her zzzzzz’s back! 

(2) Meditation relieves stress, and can help those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression. 

(3) Meditation provides other mental health benefits:  an increase in happiness, self-acceptance and awareness, concentration, focus and more – as found in this article from The Art of Living

(4) Meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and even increase energy levels, just to name a few physical health benefits.  

(5) Meditation may help strengthen our aging brain by slowing down the loss of gray matter, as described in this article from the UCLA newsroom.

Source:

Aschwanden, Christie. (Nov 2014). Counting Sleep. Prevention Magazine.

For Further Reading: 

Want to try Guided Meditation?  Bea downloaded a guided meditation album onto her Ipod, but there are free options online as well:  

 UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center 

If you search YouTube, “guided meditations,” you’ll also find some good options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.medicaldaily.com/mental-health-benefits-meditation-itll-alter-your-brains-grey-matter-and-improve-319298

What is Wellness, Anyway?

Here’s Bea Boomer’s simple view of wellness:

  • I wake up in the morning. I’m breathing.
  • I make it through the day with only a couple of brain farts.
  • I crack myself up at least once a day.
  • I get through an hour workout without my body making funny noises.
  • I sleep through the night, oblivious to my hubby’s snoring.

Now that’s a good day! Obviously, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

The journey to wellness has become particularly important to me as I’ve aged. Believe it or not, I don’t mind getting older (it’s been fun, really!) I just want to age well.

And I know that aging well is up to me. It means being responsible for the lifestyle choices I make, working toward peace of mind and letting go of the bad stuff. Just enjoying life.

Ok, I’m not an expert. I’m just a learner (oh, yea – lifelong learning contributes to wellness!). So you may want to check out a couple of expert sites:

Bea Boomer recommends:
The WebMD website, a good overall health and wellness site.
At WebMD, you can sign up for one of their newsletters including Living Better, Healthy Recipes, Healthy Pets, just three of many choices. WebMD also provides a wide variety of information relating to a healthy diet, mental health, health conditions, and many more topics.
The HelpGuide website, an informative non-profit resource promoting mental health and well-being.  This site has been helping people since 1999! 
Who knows, you may just live to be a hundred! If Bea lives that long, she wants to be the liveliest person in the old folk’s home.
Look for Bea – she’ll be the old lady with the loudest laugh (who cares if she has no teeth?), dancing with her walker (not too many men in those old folk’s homes), and sneaking off to the casino in the middle of the night.

How about you?

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. (Buddha)