Monday Mojo for Caregivers – 5 Ways to Relax and Find Peace
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. One of the common challenges for caregivers is finding time to rest, relax and recharge. Taking the time to make yourself a priority, even for 30 minutes a day, can have a positive impact on your health, mind and spirit. The problem is that while many caregivers are aware that they need to make a change to take care of themselves; they don’t really know to do it. It’s really hard to break routine.
Here are 5 ways to relax and find peace to consider:
Meditation – The beauty of meditation is that anyone can do it, anywhere, anytime. It delivers a sense of calm and peace, making it an excellent stress and tension reliever. Whether you can spare 10 minutes or 30 at the beginning or end of your day; meditation can help ease tension and allow you to gain a new perspective on a stressful situation
Morning and Evening Stretch – Begin and end your day with some gentle stretching to relax and release tired muscles, improve circulation and range of motion. Just a few minutes each morning and evening can make an impact on your day.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi involves a series of slow, graceful movements accompanied by gentle deep breathing. Some describe Tai Chi as “meditation in motion.” It’s an excellent, low-impact exercise that reduces stress and anxiety while getting your energy flowing.
Yoga – With a focus on the synchronization of movement and breath, yoga builds strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. It can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, while improving your overall fitness.
Pilates – This popular program focuses on building core strength and torso stability, which improves levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and general well-being. Pilates is an excellent option for any age or fitness level as the exercises.
Prioritize and find time to care for yourself:
If you are a caregiver and are in need of some pampering – but don’t have time to spare – you need to get creative. Try some of the activities mentioned here or just take some time doing the things you love; whether it’s reading a book or just getting away to see a movie. Enlist family or friends to help you watch your loved one. After all, you and your loved one will be much better off if you can take the time to rejuvenate yourself.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!