I can’t imagine a more stressful role than caregiver. Those of you who are in that role, whether willingly or reluctantly, know what an incredibly difficult job you have. If you’ve never been thrust into a caregiver’s position, take a moment to imagine the enormous responsibility of managing someone else’s daily life and well being, often on a 24/7 basis.
My friends Annie Born and Suzanne Laramore have wonderful blogs, resources, and solutions for caregivers, and I highly recommend you get in touch with them if you or someone you know is charged with the care of another (contact us for Annie and Suzanne’s information). Because I respect and admire those who are strong enough to accept the duties of caregiver, I was especially happy to come across some research that confirmed the benefits of meditation for caregivers.
As you know from my previous writings, meditation is an excellent remedy for stress. Since caregivers are under an inordinate amount of stress, it stands to reason that meditation could be an excellent practice for these busy people to incorporate into their schedules – even if only for 5 or 10 minutes a day. I was glad to see my theory confirmed by a study conducted at UCLA which showed that meditation greatly benefits caregivers.
Researchers at the prestigious university conducted an eight week study of 49 home based caregivers of a loved one with dementia. In randomized trials, they found that the participants who practiced meditation had improved mental AND physical health. For more detailed information on this study, you can read the article posted in the LA Times by clicking here.
This is very exciting research, since caregivers need all the care they can get! Based on the work of my friends Annie Born and Suzanne Laramore along with the amazingly positive results of this study, I’ll be developing a guided meditation exclusively for caregivers.
I’m very excited about giving back to these dedicated folks. If you’re interested in learning more about this meditation when it’s released, simply leave a comment on this post or use our contact form.