October 11, 2017

The mindful caregiver : finding ease in the caregiving journey

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The mindful caregiver : finding ease in the caregiving journey

Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding, and potentially draining.

Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely. 

The Mindful Caregiver highlights two major approaches to help transform the journey: adopting a practice of mindfulness, which helps caregivers become more self-aware and fully present with the person with whom they are caring, and honoring “the spirit-side” of caregiving which offers new ways of connecting to one another. These approaches take into account not just the needs of the care recipient, but also the needs of the caregiver and other people in his/her life. 

Remembering to care for oneself when someone else is in great need can be difficult, but with the suggestions and tips in this book, any caregiver can cultivate routines and practices that benefit everyone. Solutions that caregivers can use in their day to day routines are provided, so caregivers who use them can feel more empowered and hopeful. 

...offers self-care exercises and addresses a wide variety of subjects such as setting realistic expectations, making the best possible decisions, advocating effectively, and evaluating available resources and services. 















Mindfulness for carers:
 how to manage the demands of caregiving while finding a place for yourself


This book shows how simple mindfulness techniques can help caregivers to manage the stress, anxiety, depression and burnout that too often accompanies the care of people with physical, psychological or emotional needs. The enjoyable mindfulness exercises will help caregivers to regain control and maintain a positive outlook.















Learn to relax : ease tension conquer stress free the self
      We all need to relax. If only it were as easy as it sounds! Now, with this beautifully illustrated and practical volume, anyone can learn to let go. Offering almost 30 ingenious and easy-to-do exercises tailor-made for busy people, plus original illustrations to aid visualization and a friendly text that's low on jargon, Learn to Relax presents effective ways to ease tension at work, at home, or on the road. Stress counselor Mike George suggests simple techniques for breathing, massage, anxiety control, time management, sleep enrichment, detachment, and meditation, all designed to calm the mind. Drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions, this book's easy yet highly effective strategies reveal how we can put problems in perspective, deepen self-awareness, and celebrate the positive in life. Practical and inspirational, Learn to Relax is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to rediscover the essential art of relaxation.



      Ten thousand joys & ten thousand sorrows : a couple's journey through Alzheimer's
      "How did Buddhism and meditation help you and Hob to deal with his illness?"
      More than anything else, our Buddhist practice and understanding made a profound difference to both of us in handling his decline. 
      Through meditation one learns to find an inner refuge – a place of stillness – in the midst of all the changes and challenges. When we accept how much we can’t control, that everything is impermanent, we can begin to step out of our struggle with life. 
      Meditation helps one develop equanimity and acceptance of whatever comes up, and that is a great help in dealing with the losses and heartbreak of Alzheimer’s. To be realistic, meditation is not a panacea, but it is a tremendous support for which both of us were very grateful....advice offered by the author to someone who is caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s?
      • Accept that this is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever face.
      • When you realize that you’re their lifeline in a dissolving world, every supportive and loving gesture is a gift to them.
      • For me, when one of my spiritual teachers suggested that caregiving was an opportunity for me to practice the positive qualities of compassion, patience, generosity, and kindness, it helped give meaning to the humblest of tasks.
      • Have compassion for yourself when you feel frustrated, impatient, or angry, because caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is a Herculean task.
      • Ask friends and family for help! People want to help out, and there’s a real risk in becoming isolated.
      • Know what gives the patient comfort or reassurance. For us, it was always touch, physical closeness, music and beauty.
      There are many more answers to this question in the Reflections, Suggestions, and Seed Thoughts at the end of each chapter.

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