Dealing with stress as a caregiver of a senior loved one is almost a full-time job on its own. One of the best ways for you to try dealing with your stress levels is to take up meditation. But the act of trying to meditate can be incredibly frustrating for some people. If that describes you, some of these tips might help.
The Benefits Mean You Should Try
Meditation has some serious benefits for anyone who even gives it a try. You might find that you sleep better and that you’re better able to process your emotions. It has been said to help with chronic health issues and to bump up the immune system, too. Your benefit is definitely going to vary, but the possibilities mean you should at least give meditating a try.
A Quiet Spot Helps, But Isn’t Necessary
You don’t have to meditate in complete silence. In fact, if you’ve tried that before and it made you uncomfortable, then complete silence isn’t what you should strive for. Settle for a “less loud” spot and give yourself a few minutes to give meditating a try. You might be shocked how much easier it gets over time, too.
Timers and Apps Can Help a Lot
The last thing that you want to do is to interrupt your meditation to check out how long you’ve been meditating. There are tons of smartphone apps and timers that can help you to meditate for as little time as one minute. Set the timer and then let it all go. Using an app is sometimes a great idea because they have guided meditations that can walk you through what you’re trying to do.
You’re Not Doing it Wrong
Lots of people give up on meditating because they must be doing it wrong. There’s really no wrong way to meditate, believe it or not. The true concept is not to make your brain empty, but to notice your thoughts and to let them keep moving on by without engaging with them. There’s a subtle difference there, and learning to do the latter is going to help you immensely.
If meditating or trying to meditate increases your stress levels at all, then don’t do it. Just because a technique works for a lot of people doesn’t mean that you have to do it. Add tools to your toolbox that work for you and if meditation doesn’t do that, let it go. Also encourage a senior loved one to give it a try.