Meditation is a simple practice that can facilitate a range of benefits, from the physical to the spiritual. Although coming into meditation for the first time can be daunting, it’s definitely a practice worth developing and sticking to. For those of us in our 50s, the calming effects of meditation have immeasurable benefits on day-to-day life. Meditation can be done anywhere, and there is a wide range of practices available to suit your preferences. Why not try it today? Here are some tips to help you meditate better in your 50s.
Try a Variety of Meditation Practices
A variety of meditation practices are available for you to try. They range from simple breathing techniques, which help during moments of stress, to visualization and mindfulness. Yoga is also a meditative activity and if you are having trouble with more advanced mobility, chair yoga for the elderly is also a wonderful option.
Don’t Worry About a Wandering Mind
When you first get into meditation, it can be frustrating when you find your mind constantly wandering. Don’t be too worried though, this is perfectly normal. When you notice your mind wandering, all you have to do is accept that and re-focus on your meditation. There is no need for feelings of self-judgment or anger. Simply accept that this is part of the process! If anything, sticking with your meditation despite a wandering mind is something to be proud of, as it shows determination and grit.
Make Yourself Comfortable
Making sure that you are physically comfortable helps you meditate better as it cuts down on distractions. If you find yourself needing to sit on a cushion or chair, go ahead. You want to feel relaxed and at ease. A meditation space that is quiet, relaxing, and free of clutter can also help you concentrate better.
Focus on Your Breath
Focusing on your breath can help you center your mind during meditation. When you breathe in, really pay attention to your body. Concentrate deeply on inhaling and exhaling to really root yourself in your practice.
Choose a Time of Day that Works for You
If you are having difficulty staying awake during your meditation before you go to bed, you can try meditating in the morning or afternoon. If your day is one that is packed with activity, you may prefer meditating at the end of the day when you have time. Pick something that works best for you!
Start with Stretches
A few gentle stretches before meditation can help relax your body and loosen your limbs. It also helps you slow down and get into a great headspace for meditating. As with all exercises, it is best to consult your physician before embarking on them so you know that you aren’t straining your body unnecessarily.
Get Started Today!
Meditation is a simple practice that you can start anywhere, at any time. It has numerous physical and mental benefits and can be something to look forward to throughout your day, or something that helps you start your day right. The great thing about it is that you can tailor it for yourself! At Discovery Village At Palm Beach Gardens, we also have a variety of activities that focus on holistic health to help you fully enjoy your golden years.