Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance?
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As you get older, you may start to believe that you’ll automatically forget things. While it is accurate that cognitive functions may start to get a little fuzzy as you age, there are ways to prevent cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Today we’re going to explain how mindfulness plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety to improve your brain health.
But…what exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a cognitive activity that allows you to focus on your surroundings as well as your senses and emotions at any given moment. Specific activities within mindfulness include, but are not limited to:
- Breathing techniques
- Raisin exercise
- Body scanning
The best part is that you don’t need to see a specialist to do any of these activities. They can be done from home and help to relieve stress in difficult times. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these mindfulness techniques, and maybe you’ll find a few that work for you.
Box breathing, which involves deep breathing, can have a positive impact on your blood pressure, relieves stress and anxiety and yields a lower heart rate. Take some deep breaths. Inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds, and hold your breath for 4 seconds. You may repeat this as many times as you require in order to reach a calm state.
The Raisin Exercise
As a reiteration, mindfulness allows you to concentrate on what’s happening in the moment. In this specific exercise, you will focus on a single item––a raisin––while being encouraged to consider the different properties of the raisin such as its taste, feel, and smell. If you don’t have a raisin, any other type of food will do, so long as you prioritize tasting it rather than eating it. Focusing on a single item for an extended period of time will greatly improve your cognitive stability.
Write in a journal, daily.
When you write in a journal every day, you are giving yourself the opportunity to know yourself a little better than you did the day before. More importantly, you are writing down memories or ideas that you’ll want to cherish if a day should come when your cognitive abilities naturally decline with age.
Recite positive affirmations.
Take out a pen and paper, and write a positive affirmation every day. Positive affirmations are important because they increase our self-esteem which makes for a better day. Some examples might include: “I am worthy of love and respect,” “I am a positive influence on my child(ren) and grandchild(ren),” or “I love myself.” If you can’t decide on a positive affirmation, more inspiration can be found here.
We hope that you take some time out of each day to focus on yourself. Practicing mindfulness, like any other exercise, requires consistency and concentration. Think happy, deep thoughts!
Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance? Selling an unwanted life insurance policy is no different than selling your car, home or any other valuable asset that will create immediate cash. Contact us today to learn more.
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