Meditation is one of those often-suggested solutions that a lot of caregivers scoff at because “Who has time?” The great thing about meditation is that you don’t have to follow the “rules” if they don’t work for you. You can tailor meditation to your life and your needs.
Don’t Worry if You Feel You’re Meditating “Wrong”
If you’re meditating just for your own mental health and well-being, then worrying about doing meditation “wrong” isn’t something you need to sweat about. The idea behind meditation is simply to quiet your brain as much as possible. Especially as a caregiver, you spend so much time thinking and solving problems that sometimes having a break from all that action is helpful.
Meditation Does Have Serious Benefits
But as simple as meditation sounds, it does have some serious benefits. It can help you to sleep better and can help you to deal with your emotions better. Some people even find that it helps them to improve their immune system or that it can help with chronic health issues, like high blood pressure. Benefits vary from one person to another because meditation isn’t a one-size-fits-all technique.
Find a Quiet Spot, Even for a Minute
Another misconception about meditation is that you have to devote hours to sitting in silence. If you’re like most other caregivers, that’s not happening. You can get the same benefits from meditation even by meditating for much shorter periods of time. If all you have is a couple of minutes, find a quiet spot and let yourself get comfortable.
Use a Timer or a Meditation App of Your Phone
One of the easiest ways for you to get the most out of meditating, especially when time is tight, is to use a meditation app or some sort of timer. If you’re using a timer, just set it for the amount of time that you want to devote to meditating. Meditation apps have the added bonus of offering you guided meditations, even short ones, that can help you with clearing your mind and getting better at meditating.
Meditation isn’t for everyone. If you feel as if you’re way more stressed out by trying to meditate, then don’t worry about it. What you need to do is to find self-care strategies that fit in with your needs and your situation as a caregiver. If something doesn’t fit or work for you, try something else.
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In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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