As a caregiver, you may have experienced feelings of overwhelming stress and fatigue. Meditation is a great way to let the brain quiet down and make space for new thoughts. It also helps us be less reactive and make better decisions when caring for our loved ones. 

Meditation is easy to do, and there are many different types, including mindfulness, breathing techniques, and even yoga. Daily meditation is beneficial; even using your breath to bring you back into the present moment can help you feel grounded when you feel overwhelmed.

Meditation is a simple practice. The hardest part is committing to starting, and then continuing it! In order to help you in this process, Centers Choice Home Care has five strategies to maintain a successful self-care program. 

  1. Find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed during your meditation.
  2. Get comfortable! Find a position (sitting on the floor, in your favorite chair, etc.) that makes you feel safe and relaxed.
  3. Perform a full-body scan. A descriptive body scan can help you identify feelings of tension, stress, sadness, pain, or fatigue.
  4. Meditate on your feelings and ask yourself, “What changes can I make to help work through these emotions?”
  5. Practice meditation daily, and increase your meditation time gradually. The more you meditate, the more you will benefit from it! 

If you have a smartphone, this process can be even easier, as there are numerous meditation apps available that are free and will help teach you meditation tactics. 

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