Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Learning How to Quiet the Mind
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. The mind of a caregiver is one stuffed with work schedules, family business and caregiving responsibilities. The repercussions of being too busy can create stress and tension in our lives. Additionally, an overworked mind can lead to burnout. So, how do we get back to peace and well-being? Today, we’ll take a look at 3 ways to quiet the mind.
Science has studied the effect on the brain from meditation and they found it increases brain matter along with reducing stress. People also experienced a greater reduction in anxiety. To get started, find a place where there is no noise and where there won’t be any interruptions. Sit in an upright position in a comfortable chair. Pay attention to how the air passes in and out of your nose. Focus on how the abdomen expands and collapses with each breath. When the mind starts to wonder, bring it immediately back.
Smartphones are great, but they keep you overly connected even when it’s time to rest after a long day. The perpetually-on and always-connected era are keeping the mind running at full-steam. How many times does the phone interrupt our quiet time? Make it a point to take a break and unplug the cell phone. Put the electronics down for a night and make it a habit.
- Be Grateful
Many times our eyes wander and we compare ourselves to what others have or what they may be doing. When we start going down this road, we get all tied up and feel sorry for ourselves. Pull back and take the high road by being thankful.
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