Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Finding Inner Peace When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. There’s a great quote that says, “Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions” by Pema Chodron. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center couldn’t agree more. Once you realize that inner peace is a choice – your choice, you can choose to be happy all the time.
Here are ways to find your inner peace even when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
1. Say an affirmation for inner peace
You can come up with your own affirmation or you can repeat after me – “With each breath I take, I realize inner peace. Here in my breathing, I feel comforted. Here, I receive answers I need. Here in my breath, I feel deeply at peace.”
2. Say a little prayer for inner peace
Again, you can come up with your own prayer or you can repeat after me – “Please give me the strength to endure this situation, and to find the blessings and lessons it contains. Please give me the endurance to continue ahead. Please guide my thoughts, words and actions, so that I walk in your path of peace and love. Amen”
3. Take time to meditate
Numerous studies have indicated the many benefits of meditation, including lowering blood pressure, relieving muscle tension, releasing fears, reducing anxiety and decreasing the feelings of stress and depression. Meditation can be a great tool for caregivers. Buddha was once asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”
“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.” — Dalai Lama
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!