Prevent Falls with Mindful Movement

Fall Prevention with Mindful MovementMindfulness means giving your full attention to whatever you’re experiencing here and now in an open, accepting way. This practice isn’t just reserved for meditation or yoga—you can apply it to all areas of your life, including walking. When you walk mindfully, you’re more in tune to how your body moves and the sensations you feel. That may sometimes make the difference between staying safely on your feet and taking a nasty tumble.

Start with an Easy Move
You can learn how to practice mindfulness. This exercise is a good starting place:

  1. Stand behind a sturdy chair and hold on to the back to steady yourself.
  2. Rock back and forth slowly, shifting your weight from one foot to the other. Focus your awareness on how different parts of your body feel as you move.

Practice Mindful Walking
Ready for a more complex activity? Step outside to practice walking mindfully:

  1. Walk slowly—you’re not in a hurry.
  2. Notice how your body feels as you walk. How do your feet feel as they press against the ground? Paying attention to your physical sensations helps you focus on the present moment.
  3. Notice the environment around you. What can you see and hear? Are there any potential fall hazards ahead, such as an uneven sidewalk?
  4. If your mind starts to wander, refocus on your feet taking one step after another. This helps guide your awareness back to your moment-to-moment experience.

Get Back on Your Feet
If you do take a tumble, tell your primary care provider right away. And don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help or accepting home healthcare services. Various programs and therapies are available to adult patients of all ages who might need a little extra care after an injury. To learn more about Western Connecticut Home Care, click here.