As you get older, you need to treat your body and mind with a different kind of respect.
You’re not 30 anymore. The days of eating and drinking whatever you want, working long hours, and ignoring health and exercise are nearing an end. Even if you’ve been a healthy person throughout your youth, your body is going to react in a different way to things that you’ve always done.
There are things that you can do, however, to preserve your youth and learn more about wellness and mental health. Eating better and exercising more are obvious answers, but yoga and meditation can take your well-being to another level.
In this post, we’re going to talk about the importance of yoga and meditation for older women. Your body has a lot left to give, but you’ve got to give it what it needs to feel right.
Let us help you figure out what to do. Let’s get started.
The Importance of Yoga and Meditation
It’s no secret that yoga and meditation will increase your health and wellness regardless of your age. The importance of these things is magnified as you get a bit older, however.
Here, we’re going to examine what the benefits are partaking in yoga in meditation and why you should be taking time out of your day to try them out. We understand that everyone’s schedules are a little different and it can be hard to remove oneself from a busy day to learn new things. This is worth it, though.
Helps You Deal With Stress, Anxiety, Depression
You hear it all the time. Yoga is a great workout and meditation can heal your mind. While it is easier said than done to simply float your cares out the window and get on with your day, these things really do help.
We’re learning more and more about the devastating effects that stress and anxiety can have on people’s livelihood. We try to deal with it by taking anti-depressants, going to therapy, and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.
Sometimes it’s easier to deal with mental health issues by medicating, but not always.
Practised together, yoga and meditation can have healing effects on the body and mind. The soothing nature of partaking in mindfulness can literally soothe the body’s responses to stress and anxiety. Yoga alone reduces the stressors that cause high blood pressure, which leads to cardiovascular disease.
Meditation is proven to help with stress and anxiety. If you’re a busy woman, then you might feel like you can’t get away from the things that stress you out. If you can take even 10 minutes a day out of your schedule to practice mindfulness exercises, then you’ll see a big difference.
The effects of OCD, panic attacks, phobias, and social anxieties can all be lessened by practising mindfulness meditation.
Physical Fitness Improves
Every year that passes makes it harder to stay fit. It’s harder in your 40’s to maintain the fitness level that you had in your 30’s, and harder in your 50’s to do what you could in your 40’s, and so on. Turning back the clock is a myth, but you can improve your fitness levels with yoga.
What you do for a living and your day to day activities have an enormous effect on your muscle mass, flexibility, and fitness levels. If you’re sitting in an office all day, you’re letting your body lose its strength.
It’s so important to be able to take control of your body as you continue to age. If you don’t, you can get seriously hurt doing low impact exercises. Yoga is a great way to build flexibility and muscle strength. It puts special focus on stretching muscles and creating elasticity in those muscles.
Most professional athletes have even incorporated yoga into their workout routines, so if they’re up for it, then so should you be. There are classes available for people of any skill level so you could be working out those muscles you’ve been ignoring by tonight.
Enhances Connection With the Self & the World
As a woman of a certain age, it becomes super important to build a connection with yourself and your psyche. Mental health isn’t limited to controlling depression, stress, and anxiety. Instead, you can cultivate a really positive connection with your body and mind using yoga and meditation.
Improving mental health often connotates negativity, but you can be perfectly happy with the state of your mind and still strengthen your mental health. Practising meditation and yoga helps you calm down, pay attention to how your body is feeling, and pay special attention to how your mind is doing.
Many of us race through life to get to a certain point, only to realize that we’ve actually been missing a lot of what surrounds us. Luckily, it’s never too late to garner a special connection with the world around you. People have been doing this for thousands of years, but we in the west struggle to slow down and marvel at life.
Taking some quiet meditative time every day to feel the tangible and intangible things around you will improve your connection with the world and your standing within it.
Not only will this improve your mental health, but you’ll also have a great sense of meaning for your life and what you’ve been able to accomplish.
Small Price to Pay For a Big Payoff
Yoga and meditation might seem a little too new age for you if you’re getting older, but they’re a great way to feel young. Your body will feel better, your mindfulness will improve, and you’ll have a renewed sense of purpose within the world around you.
It’s easy to sit back and enjoy your life, but making a concerted effort to improve it will have a huge payoff. Try out a free yoga class if you’ve never tried it before, it could be the thing you’re missing.
Meditation doesn’t even require you to leave your home. There are loads of guided meditations available online to help you get started.
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