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How to Meditate if Meditation Sounds Hokey to You

By Amy Felman

If you're like most caregivers, you've heard that meditation might be something you need to try. People who are new to meditation can find it intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.

Meditation Is Helpful and Can Be Done Anywhere

Meditation has some distinct health benefits, including lowering your blood pressure and helping your immune system to work better. It's also something that you can do no matter where you are, which makes it a skill you can take with you. You don't need anything special unless you use a meditation app on your phone and then you might want earbuds as well as your phone and the app.

You Don't Have to Meditate Like Everybody Else

There's a belief that you have to meditate in a specific way, seated in a certain manner, and with a set of specific goals. You don't have to do that. You can make meditation whatever you need it to be. If it's the one quiet span of ten minutes in your day and you're fine with just that, then that’s definitely okay.

Sit Calmly and Close Your Eyes

One "rule" that is pretty universal is that you should find somewhere comfortable to sit or to lie down. You'll also want to close your eyes, especially at first. Closing your eyes isn't necessary, really, but it does help to reduce the amount of external distractions you're likely to deal with while you're trying to clear your mind. It can help, but you don't have to do it.

Do Your Best to Clear Your Mind

The instruction that gives most people the biggest difficulty is to clear the mind. This is troublesome because you start to realize that your brain is never really clear or empty at all. Trying to keep all thoughts out of your mind might give you even more stress than you're trying to manage. Instead of trying to banish all thoughts, try instead to redirect drifting thoughts to your breathing. Just concentrate on breathing in and out deeply. When your brain wanders, and it will, gently bring it back to your breathing.

Stick with It

The key to using meditation to handle your stress is that you need to stick with it. The more you meditate, the better you'll get at it. You'll also be able to keep the results you're getting.

Even if your definition of meditation is slightly different from anyone else's, that doesn't mean that it's less effective for you. As a caregiver, you need to find the strategies and techniques that help you to deal with your stress in the best way possible.

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