What is Mindfulness?
What comes to your mind when you hear the term “mindfulness”? Perhaps calm and serenity, or perhaps kindness and acceptance. Generally, mindfulness can be defined as a state of being in the present moment. It is a state of awareness that comes from purposefully paying attention without judgement.
Caring for the Carer
Imagine yourself being on an airplane, and the oxygen masks falls in front of you. What do you do?
Evidence has shown that the heightened demands associated with dementia care may lead to poor physical, psychological and emotional consequences. Fatigue, loss of focus, sleeping disturbances, stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms are commonly reported by carers which can affect their quality of life.
Here in the HOMeCARE study we believe that carers deserve to be cared for in the same way as their cared-for partners. Structured programs such as the 8-week MBSR has been shown to offer positive health outcomes for caregivers. These include:
- Reduction of stress and anxiety
- Improved coping abilities through self-reflection
- Improved mood
- Reduced tendencies to automatically react through awareness training
- Physical health benefits through yoga and mindful exercises