As if the pain of someone dear to you wasn’t difficult enough, your own body and mind may begin to suffer as you use your own precious resources to care for them. Left unchecked, this constant exposure to the stress response known as fight-or-flight can compromise your health.
The good news is that the practice of mindfulness meditation can actually reverse the negative impact of stress on your body, cultivate more compassion for yourself and others, and even shrink your amygdala – the fear center of your brain.
In this article, I offer links to the relevant literature as well as a free guided meditation and instructions for bringing mindfulness into your life. I hope this is helpful!
After my dad went in a care home the stress of my whole ordeal put me in a depression although I most likely already was. I started to learn how to meditate and just controlling my breathing for 3 minutes helped. More people need to learn how important this is.