How to Stay Mindful: Practicing Positive Thinking
The power of a positive mindset can make all the difference when it comes to overall health and wellness. Researchers have found that having a positive attitude, especially when it comes to aging, may actually even slow down the aging process! Positivity is believed to help protect us against common stressors and reduce risk of health issues such as cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease. Below, we offer some tips for staying mindful and practicing positive thinking.
Stay Socially Engaged
Maintaining existing social connections and building new ones is essential to our health, especially as we age. Remaining integrated in the community and with our peers is one of the best ways to stay sharp mentally and physically. Participating in fun activities, such as fitness classes or luncheons, is a great way to work socializing into your routine.
Engage in Activities That Bring You Joy
Not only does this keep your brain active and memory sharp, but enjoying activities that you love brings meaningful purpose to life. Freedom is, after all, one of the most exciting parts about retirement. After a long life full of hard work, you finally have the flexibility to spend your time in whatever way makes you happiest! Whether it’s painting, learning a new skill, or taking online courses, the world is your oyster. What better way to stay positive than by doing what you love?
We all know that stress can have many negative impacts on our health, and this is especially true as we get older. Minimizing and managing daily stress in whatever way works best for you – whether it’s meditation, prayer, deep breathing, or anything in between – is important to implement in your daily schedule to help keep a positive mindset.
Prioritize Physical Activity
Staying physically active is an ideal way for adults to stay fit while maintaining a clear, positive outlook. Moderate daily exercise helps reduce stress, strengthen joints and improve attitude. It’s always best to consult with your doctor about certain exercises, but even simple activities such as walking, hiking or swimming can be excellent for the mind.
When you consider all the benefits of mindfulness and practicing positive thinking, the phrase “attitude is everything” takes on a literal meaning! At Cumberland Crossing by OceanView, we prioritize the health and wellness of our residents above all else, which is why we offer so many incredible opportunities to boost positivity. For any questions you have about our active retirement community, please contact us today!