“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”– Wayne Dyer
The above quote by the renowned US author and motivational speaker speaks volumes about the capability of human beings to calm their mind and body.
Family caregivers often feel overwhelmed with the newfound role. Sometimes, physical exhaustion and emotional stress take a toll on their health. Sooner or later, they started to look for some assistance. For example, professional help from a caregiver coaching session or a friend who is ready to share their caregiving responsibilities during weekends.
If you are a caregiver who has stepped into the shoes of a caregiver, you may be well aware of the need to stay physically and mentally fit. Yoga and meditation are the two tools that can help you in achieving this tough goal. Let’s discover how yoga and meditation can help caregivers to stay fit.
Practicing yoga and meditation helps in releasing stress from the mind and body. In fact, yoga will help you in preparing for meditation. The combination of both activates the relaxation response of your body and helps you to become stress-free. When there is no stress, you will feel grounded. You will feel stronger to brace all the challenges that life has thrown upon you.
To ensure round-the-clock caregiving, a caregiver must be mindful of his or her own health. However, caregivers end up neglecting their health due to the lack of attention to their own well-being. Practicing yoga and meditation boosts the cognitive abilities of the brain, especially that of the working memory. An increase in working memory helps caregivers to remain mindful of also taking care of their own health.
Yoga and meditation are popular in the western world. Over 36 million people in the United States are now practicing yoga. No wonder, the market is flooded with mobile apps offering yoga and meditation techniques. Do not ignore the signs that show you are struggling as a caregiver, start practicing yoga and meditation from today! You can also seek professional help from experts. Get yourself enrolled in a caregiver coaching program.