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Why Mindfulness is Important for Caregivers

Caregivers are some of the hardest-working individuals out there. Whether they offer support to a family member or provide professional care services, these individuals work tirelessly to ensure seniors have everything they need to live comfortably at home. Many of these individuals then go home to take care of their families and pursue their careers.

With so much on their plates, it is common for caregivers to grow overwhelmed. When these feelings go on too long, it can lead to burnout and depression. Knowing why mindfulness is important for caregivers could make a major difference in your overall mental health.

Why Mindfulness is Important for Seniors

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the act of being present in the current moment without any judgment. When written in such a fashion it sounds quite simple, but it is an act that many people struggle to execute. More often than not, we spend our time dwelling on what has passed or focusing on the anxieties of what is to come. Doing so constantly is called ruminating, which has a strong negative impact on one’s mental health.

Mindfulness has been shown to decrease anxiety and depression levels while simultaneously increasing positive well-being. Those who practice mindfulness also have a higher ability to cope with stress and process their emotions. This benefits both their personal life and their caregiving duties.

How does mindfulness impact caregivers?

Many caregivers put the needs of others before their own. Your responsibility is the client’s physical and mental well-being, of course, but you can’t properly address those needs if your mental and physical health declines.

In focusing on the present moment, you will be able to clearly gauge what your loved one needs from you so you can do the best job possible. In addition to recognizing your loved one’s needs, you’ll be able to recognize your needs. It should help you recognize when you are overworked so you can take steps to resolve this before it’s a serious problem.

How can  I practice mindfulness?

How can I practice mindfulness?

Practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your day. Even 10 minutes of meditative practice that grounds you in the present will start to make a difference in your mental health.

That being said, many hesitate when it comes to meditation. If that is you, that is okay. There are smaller activities you can do to practice mindfulness throughout the course of your day.

  • Periodically notice your feelings. If you recognize certain repetitive thoughts, write them down to address them at a later point
  • Go for a walk without your phone or any music so you can notice your surroundings
  • Pause to pay attention to your food as you eat it
  • Turn off the radio while driving and just sit with your thoughts

For a longer break, hire a respite caregiver

If you begin to recognize symptoms of burnout, it is time to call upon the help of an at-home caregiver. These professionals are trained to offer compassionate, dignified care to seniors with all needs.

At Home Care Powered by AUAF, it is our pleasure to offer caregivers the support they need to take care of their mental health. Our respite caregivers will gladly assist your loved one with personal care, medication reminders, companionship, and any other non-medical activity of daily living your loved one has. For more information on our services, give us a call at (623) 526-6367.

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