Is Aging Really the Pits?

Jun 2, 2024 | Health & Well-Being


The answer is -NO! regardless of matter how many wrinkles, sags, chin hairs (even if they pop out of nowhere!!), the answer still is: NO! Aging for both men and women can be and should be embraced and welcomed as the natural path for life. We are a generation aptly named “Baby Boomers”. After all, we were named this since we are the result of the post-war spike in national birth rates. Our generation has seen a lot as we have aged and have been challenged! From removal of bunny ears from our tv sets, to handheld telephones, to the explosion of the internet- well, yes, wouldn’t you agree that our life experiences have proven to be thought-provoking and often, demanding and perplexing? Give yourself a pat on the back!

After all, not being here at all is not the alternative we want to touch upon. So, think about every part of your life as the experience that creates the wholeness of you, the humility of your being, and the fabric of who you become.

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
~Eckhart Tolle

Neither the past nor the future is of relevance if you can’t enjoythis very moment right now.The present moment is your biggest treasure in life, and it’s what you should protect most. Once you manage to be in the present moment with all your thoughts and emotions, you realize how everything else loses importance. And the best thing about this is the magic of being present is available to youall the time.You can literally tap into the here and now whenever and wherever you want. Learning to be present takes discipline; yet, you’ll soon experience the benefits when you make the effort.

Here are our 5 great suggestions for being present, proud and involved in living.

1. USE YOUR PHONE LESS- dedicate a ‘time out’
It’s no surprise that smartphones and social media are among the prime sources that distract us from staying present. Searching and scrolling easily become an automatic, passive activity that’s far from the mindfulness needed to experience life off our screens.

2. CONNECT WITH YOUR IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS
What can you do instead to break your social media habit the next time you’d typically reach for your phone? Swap stimulation in favor of simplicity. Step outside, or take a long gaze out of the closest window. Notice the sky, how the clouds move, or the nature that surrounds us and helps us to witness our energy flow and can lead to profound states of clarity.

3. AVOID MULTITASKING
While many of us like to multitask to save time and feel productive, the risks might very well outweigh the anticipated rewards. Multitasking doesn’t only distract us—and distraction is the opposite of mindful presence—but can also put us at risk for:

  • Increased stress
  • Less efficiency
  • Poorer memory and emotion regulation
  • Reduced relationship satisfaction
  • Greater susceptibility to injury

To stay present and prevent these potential pitfalls, devote your attention to one task at a time. When was the last time you benefited from spreading yourself thin?

4. EAT MINDFULLY
Practicing mindful eating is one of the easiest techniques for staying in the present moment at least a few times each day.
Mindful eating entails:

  • Clearing your mealtime of distractions
  • Slowing down to enjoy your experience
  • Chewing slowly
  • Paying attention to the taste and texture of your food
  • Practicing gratitude for your nourishment
  • Essentially, mindful eating boils down to listening to your body and feeding it accordingly. In order to do that successfully, staying present is key.

5. FIND JOY IN THE SMALL THINGS
Last but not least, being more present means seeing magnificence in the mundane. Joy can be found in the smallest places and forms. It’s time not to forget that. Maybe it’s taking time to truly listen to the birds singing in the morning hours or tasting that perfectly brewed latté you treated yourself to. Making the effort to acknowledge those small joys can of course change your outlook for the rest of your day!

 

 

*Portions of article sourced: https://www.humnutrition.com

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