Meditation for Caregivers

by Cherie Miranda on April 27, 2012

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.

Happy meditating!

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Michael D Walker April 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Caregivers are some of the most under-appreciated people in society.
I’m glad you’re going to create a guided meditation specifically to help them reduce their stress.

Bravo!

Michael

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Body language April 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

Meditation has so many applications, Thanks for sharing so many ways that one can benefit from doing meditation.
Scott Sylvan Bell

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Kevin Hogan April 28, 2012 at 8:10 am

That is wonderful that meditation can assist caregivers in their struggle to help their loved ones.

Mark Hogan
Do you know how much reading body language can help you?

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Be Happy Now April 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

I think it is so wonderful how you take the time to give back and help other people. You are a great advocate for caregivers.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy

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Eva Palmer April 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

That article seems very interesting! I know that my grandmother would think that meditation is something very difficult to do. Do you think is similar to praying?

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Cherie Miranda April 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Hi Eva,

Prayer is sending. Meditation is receiving. Both are forms of communication, but they differ. Another way to say it is that meditation is listening while praying is talking.

Hope that helps.

Cherie

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April Braswell April 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Hi Cherie,

I really like how you cover the gamut with how using all kinds of Guided Meditations can destress people from caregivers to professional sales people as well as our military.

Sincerely,

April Braswell, CHt, RH

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Sonya Lenzo April 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

How wonderful that you are developing meditations specifically for caregivers! I cannot think of any other field that needs or deserves them more.
Sonya Lenzo

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Connect With Nature April 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

I believe that there is high demand for a Meditation for Caregivers CD. You will be doing a lot of good for a lot of people. Please keep us posted on the release date.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II
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Clare Delaney April 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

You’ve already shown us through your blog that meditation can help everyone, and so it’s great to now know that meditation can help both caregivers and the elderly. I know your guided meditation will be a massive help to them!

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor April 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Great, Cherie … and I noted, in the LA Times article, they cited meditation for anti-aging benefits.

Lyle

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