Family Caregiver Tip: Stress Relief Is Only A Breath Away

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I did say next time you notice because in order to do anything about how you’re feeling you have to recognize it first. Know your personal cues for when you’re stressed and learn to recognize them in the moment.

Good, you recognize you’re stressed. Whatcha gonna do about it?

BREATHE! Yes, I said breathe. Breathe deeply.

It’s common for someone who is stressed to take short, shallow breaths. They may even unconsciously be holding those breaths and not actually letting them out. Those breaths limit your intake of oxygen, the amount of oxygen that can go to your brain and other parts of your body.

There is significant research to support that taking 3 deep cleansing breaths just 5 times a day can make a big difference. Really? What difference?

3 deep cleansing breaths just 5 times a day can:

  • Help bring down the level of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body
  • Provide more oxygen to your brain and other parts of your body

For a deep cleansing breath:

  • Breathe in through you nose deeply for a count of 5
  • Hold for a count of 5
  • Release through your mouth slowly for a count of 5

Caregiving is a journey that, on average, lasts 8 years. That makes family caregiving a significant journey.

To finish your journey healthy you need take care of yourself. Take the first step to keep yourself healthy and take 5 minutes a day for deep cleansing breaths.

Make time every day for YOU to breathe deeply. It’s only 3 deep cleansing breaths 5 times a day.

You deserve to give yourself and your aging loved one your best. Start today. Make 5 minutes for your deep breathing.

Have you tried it yet? How did those first 3 deep cleansing breaths feel? Let us know. And remember, this technique is not limited to your family caregiver stress. When you feel stressed for any reason, put it to work.