Coping with Caregiving: Allow Through Mindfulness

Denise

Coping with Caregiving: Allow Through Mindfulness

Denise
meditation-mdRecently Don (@dkridingshotgun) wrote a post about mindfulness (The Road to Nothingness) and then spoke more about it during his recent appearance on Your Caregiving Journey (Minding Our Caregiving Matters). I'm intrigued by mindfulness as a coping strategy so asked Anna Stookey, our emotional wellness expert, to discuss the technique with me this morning on Your Caregiving Journey. You can listen to our show via the player, below.

In essence, mindfulness is an awareness of how you feel--the good, the bad and everything in between. With mindfulness, we can move from resistance to acceptance. During the show, Anna walked us through how we can practice mindfulness and shared how it can benefit us. She suggested a resource which offers meditations to help you get started: InsightLA.

I asked Anna why we struggle with acknowledging our feelings. We may have learned to hide or avoid our feelings as children, she said. I also asked about our tendency to compare our situation with others and then decide we don't have a right to feel angry or sad because someone else seems to have it worse. With mindfulness, Anna explained, we focus on ourselves, which means it's our time to simply feel.

What do you think? Do you practice mindfulness? Would you try it? Share your thoughts in our comments section, below.


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ejourneys

My partner has been working on discovering and expressing her feelings, which she'd had to repress while growing up. Observing and admitting them has been very scary for her, but also very healing. She told me she had been afraid that once she allowed herself to feel them, her pain would go on forever -- she was very relieved to experience an ebbing of intensity after the initial flooding.\r\n\r\nShe's supportive of me expressing my emotions, too, which I do in various ways depending on the situation. I was feeling very frustrated last night. I forget what the subject matter was, but my partner asked me, \"What do you imagine happening?\" (not related to emotion). I said, \"I imagine taking a water balloon in my hand, throwing it with everything I've got against the far wall, and watching it splatter over everything.\" We both laughed, my partner thanked me for expressing my frustration, and we were able to move on. :-)

Denise

Thank you!!!