All of these stressors can leave you feeling depleted and drained. When your caring center is empty, you have nothing to give. This makes it very hard to be an effective caregiver.
One way to escape from the stresses of providing care and refuel your caring center is to meditate. Meditation can look different to each individual. Some will use it to connect spiritually while others will use it as a simple way to connect mentally. Whatever your goal, meditation can be an effective way to relax.
Steps of Relaxation Meditation
- Sit comfortably with your spine reasonably straight.
- Allow your eyes to rest comfortably downward, gazing softly, but not focusing on anything.
- Without closing your eyes completely, let your eyelids drop to a level that feels most comfortable.
- Continue gazing downward. Notice your breathing become more rhythmic.
- Your focus will be your downward gaze. Allow your mind to think of nothing else. Some people will benefit from having some sort of white noise in the background while others may hum softly to keep their mind focused.
- It's OK to let your attention drift a bit. If your eyes become very heavy, it's OK to let them close. If you notice you've come out of your relaxed space, simply bring your attention back to your relaxed downward gaze.
Benefits of MeditationMeditation can have several benefits. Relaxation and stress reduction are the main goal. Reducing your stress level will allow you to be a more effective caregiver. Meditation can also help with increased alertness and mental acuity. Both are important when faced with the multiple tasks of being a caregiver.
Meditation doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can use it effectively to recharge and refuel your caring center during 5-minute breaks. It is just one way for you to take care of yourself so you can care for others.