Good morning and welcome to Monday Mojo! We’ve all heard the saying “I’m taking a mental health day”, but for caregivers, finding even a few moments can be tricky.
Today I’d like to share with you some ways that you can take a “Mental Health Moment” even when your caregiving day seems out of control.
1. Step outside. You don’t have to leave or go anywhere in particular. Just step outside, close your eyes and take 10 very deep breathes. Then open your eyes and take another 30 seconds to just appreciate the world around you. Listen for the sounds of nature; Look at the sky, the trees, and the flowers.
2. Turn on the radio or play a DVD of soft, soothing music. This will not only help you, it well help calm your loved one.
3. Sit in a chair or lay on a couch while slightly elevating your legs. Close your eyes and let your mind rest. Don’t allow yourself to focus on anything in particular. Just let your mind wander freely.
4. Do a full body assessment. Is your upper body tense? Jaw tight or hands clenched? Are you scowling? Being aware of how your body is holding stress, and make a conscious decision to relax and let it go.
5. And last, regardless if you’re male or female, if you can immerse yourself in a hot bath and force yourself to relax, you will not only be doing your body a favor, but your mind as well.
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