Researchers who study healthy aging at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia have found that some aspects of life can improve with age, as can the ability to adapt to aged-related changes and challenges. One key may be using mindfulness skills to reduce stress and promote positivity.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a “sleep loss epidemic” with two thirds of adults in developed countries not getting the recommended eight hours sleep – the worst cases in the US, UK, Japan and South Korea. Still, perhaps infuriatingly, since you are reading this feature, the Dalai Lama intones, “Sleep is the best meditation.”
The results were positive: Mindfulness was an effective treatment for those suffering from migraines. The researchers found that, compared to those who received training in stress management, those who practiced enhanced mindfulness had fewer headache days and reduced headache-related disability.
But if you’re one of the millions of Americans now ordered to stay home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, you may find yourself facing a different challenge: 24/7 access to your fridge and pantry.
Learning to meditate can be strange and awkward — you’re down, drenched in silence and trying as hard as you can to think about… Nothing? Thankfully, there are plenty of resources for first-timers and beginners looking to get into meditation.