Age Successfully by Letting Go

Age Successfully by Letting Go

At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, residents and team members work to embody successful aging practices in everyday life. Successful aging includes focusing on optimal health in the four primary categories of wellness: physical, mental, social, and spiritual.

All of these areas of wellness can benefit when you learn to release yourself from unnecessary frustration, anxiety, anger, sadness or worry. Learning to let go – to reduce stress upon yourself and pressure upon people you love – can help you find a greater sense of peace and satisfaction with your life and choices. Here are some tips for letting go:

 

  • Try meditation. If you’ve never meditated, this practice might sound a little intimidating. It’s easy to get started though. Relax your body, and focus on the in- and out- pattern of your breath. If your mind drifts to the past or future, acknowledge then dismiss these thoughts, returning to the present moment and your breath. Repeat until you find a sense of calm within yourself.

 

  • Practice compassion. By focusing on compassion – extending thoughts of empathy, forgiveness, and acceptance towards other people, particularly those who have annoyed or hurt you – you can more easily move beyond feelings of disappointment, jealousy, anger, and other forms of negativity.

 

  • Consider interdependence. When you’re upset, remind yourself that life is a series of connections and interactions, some positive, some negative. Your reaction to these situations is the only thing you can control. Remember: We are all in this world together. Try to focus on the good things in your life, even during difficult moments.

 

  • Be accepting. At its core, attachment is a refusal to accept things to be the way they are. Unfortunately, there are some situations that you cannot change. Practice demonstrating resilience and grace by allowing yourself to accept that some things will not change. By finding acceptance, you will more easily move beyond trying situations.

 

  • Find expansiveness. Through the first four practices, you will find that you can achieve a more expansive mind; one that can identify desires, annoyances, and aversions as minor components of a bigger picture. Your expansive mind can appreciate the beauty of life – in all its flawed glory – and discover unseen possibilities and happiness.

 

Acacia Creek is located on a picturesque 305-acre campus in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California. Nestled in nature, our beautiful hilltop campus includes wide-open spaces, a creek, walking trails, and wildlife. Our residents enjoy fulfilling lives through our welcoming, community-minded lifestyle and plentiful recreational activities. Learn more.