How to Take a Mental Mini Break

| By Meredith Ford

We know as a family caregiver you struggle to find the time to take a break and relax. While it can be difficult to find a whole afternoon of free time, we looked for quick ways that you can take five minutes to reset your mind. Here are five simple ways to take a deep breath and relax.

crayon-545023_1920Color. Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Adults are being advised to color as a way to relieve stress and anxiety. This calming activity gives you a chance to focus your mind on a simple, yet enjoyable task. Pick up a coloring book for adults, kids, or just break out some plain paper and crayons. Let your creative side out.

Breathe. Breathing exercises can be a great way to calm the mind and hit your internal reset button. These are exercises we recommend to caregivers, to our staff members, and to individuals looking for a way to rejuvenate during the day. Our associate medical director, Dr. Jim Nicolai, often recommends these breathing exercises from Dr. Andrew Weil.

Drink green tea. Brewing a cup of green tea and taking a few minutes to enjoy it might offer you just the dose of relaxation you need. Aside from the overtly calming practice of brewing tea and taking a few minutes to sit and sip quietly, green tea has an ingredient, L-theanine, that helps relax the mind.

Journal. It can help to take five or 10 minutes to jot your thoughts down. Move the stress from your mind to paper.

Listen to music. Music has a wonderful way of calming and healing us. Our certified music practitioners visit the Casa de la Luz Inpatient Unit and Kanmar Place, our hospice home, every week to play for our patients and visitors. Find a comfortable spot and turn up the music. Lose yourself in the song, in whatever way works for you. Some of you will sit quietly and let the music wash over you, while others may prefer to let it play loudly as you dance it out. Choose what works best for you.

Photo by Gavin Whitner.

Casa de la Luz provides hospice services to residents in Pima County and southern Pinal County. Contact us (520) 544-9890 if you have any questions about hospice care or grief support.


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