Silver and Gold Magazine Summer 2020 - Page 15

SELF-COMPASSION FOR ANXIETY As humans we have a tendency to be optimistic about the future and how we will get through difficulties, leaning on one another, providing advice and support – but what happens when we are alone? Loneliness causes anxiety and feelings of discomfort, both mental and physical. What has helped me to deal with anxiety has been learning ‘mindfulness’, and I’d really like to share that with you: Mindfulness is a calm, natural way of doing meditation: No particular way to sit or hold your hands; no need to ‘blank your mind’ or repeat woo-woo sounds… just a peaceful moment to be in the “now” with your breath, listening to the sounds around you, and relaxing for just a few moments. When your mind gets distracted, start over. Mindfulness has helped me to learn about dealing with my own personal feelings and issues, as well as with others’ reactions and words to certain moments; I’ve learned to have a little more ‘self love’ for the good person I know I am, and in turn, it has helped me to be just a bit happier every day. If you have ever been curious about taking a mindfulness lesson, I highly encourage you to try it. – By Suzanne Soto-Davies In numerous studies, mindfulness has been shown to decrease anxiety, increase blood flow, aid in digestion by reducing acidity in the blood, sleep better, think clearer, and even prevent chronic disease. It rewires the mind, and if you’ve ever felt anxiety, this is a good, free thing to try... If you’re curious, listen to this free talk on YouTube, and see how it goes. Give it a chance, because I know how it has helped me, and I know it can help you as well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.• Together we’ll map out your retirement path. Let’s rediscover home. Celebrating Seniors in June and all year through! TM Marion specializes in Real Estate Services for Seniors and their families, regardless of the situation. Call or email Marion today to receive your own tailormade transition plan. Guidance and Support You Can Trust. 905.330.5201 mariongoard@kw.com mariongoard.ca KELLER WILLIAMS EDGE REALTY BROKERAGE Sales Representative Silver & Gold Magazine ~ SUMMER 2020 15