If we have the privilege to live long enough we’ll experience a diversity of health and wellness challenges, as well as the challenge of aging itself. Instead of fighting the inevitable, some surrender is necessary. Surrender doesn’t mean passivity or giving up, but rather, a focus on self-improvement, participation and cultivating a growth mindset where you are.
Psychological strength, resiliency and flexibility are necessary skills to acquire, develop and deepen as our physical bodies and brains change. Mental perceptions and habits play a significant role in our quality of life, and are considered by many experts the single most important indicator of wellbeing. The book “Younger Next Year”, states that if you’re not making choices to signal your brain to grow, you’re allowing biological mechanisms to default to a process of decay.
Beyond the foundations of daily exercise, quality sleep and nutritionally healthy food, advanced skills in the area of neurolinguistic reprogramming can be taught to increase our ability to age well. How we react or respond to what life gives us is our past (un)conscious thinking or our current empowerment.
‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ – Mary Oliver
Adopting a realistic perspective and healthier attitude towards aging, and identifying what you most want — in mind, heart, and spirit — can help transcend any deeply internalized negative messages about who you are, how to address adversity and about getting older. Research supports that lifestyle choices matter greatly, and can influence our biology, our brain and our body in significant ways. Learning how to utilize the mind provides a powerful influence on aging outcomes.
What choices will help you move you toward radiance, vitality, peace and improved health? If you’d like guidance in developing these advanced skills in mindfulness, neurolinguistic reprogramming and interpersonal neurobiological strategies contact Copeman. We have psychologists who offer resources and provide mindfulness-based training to increase wellbeing.