Being a carer for a loved one living with dementia can be one of the most stressful situations anyone can face. You may be worried about the future and mourning for the past while juggling an endless number of tasks today.
You may be familiar with the physical, emotional and psychological stress that can be the unfortunate side-effects of caring for a loved one living with dementia. As if witnessing the pain being experienced by someone dear to you isn’t difficult enough, your own body and mind may begin to suffer as you use your own precious resources to care for your loved one. Left unattended, the constant exposure to the stress response known as fight-or-flight can compromise your well-being.
The good news is that the practicing mindfulness meditation can help reverse the negative impact of stress on your body, cultivate more compassion for yourself and others, and even shrink your amygdala – the fear centre of your brain. Mindfulness is a great way to quieten your busy mind from time to time and help you manage stress. Mindfulness enables you to tap into your natural resilience. With mindfulness we learn to live in the present moment and examine what we are really thinking and feeling in each moment so that we can thrive through loving kindness and compassion.
Through learning to observe our emotions as they exists in the present moment, we can let go of needing to avoid our pain or get caught up in our stress, and we can then rediscover inner peace and joy for life.
Few of us are taught how to cope with day-to-day stress, or powerful emotions. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to turn the stress switch off, even during troubling times. The fact that you are reading this page shows that you have hope for your own ability to weather these storms. On our 'Mindfulness Based Living with Dementia' course you will learn how mindfulness-based techniques can help you: ♥ Ease the physical symptoms of caring for your loved one ♥ Calm your mind and help you regulate difficult emotions ♥ Help you make meaning from your experiences ♥ Improve your awareness of the present moment ♥ Increase your compassion towards yourself and others ♥ Develop a new ways of coping with constant changes
Right now, adapting to your situation and transforming your life in a positive way may sound out of reach. However, through the mindfulness practices taught on this course, you can experience, moment by moment, a subtle but profound shift in your world view. On the other side of difficulties, you can experience: ♥ A sense of strength ♥ Improved self-perception ♥ Openness to new possibilities ♥ Increased level of compassion ♥ Better relationships with others