Caregivers often experience greater depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, than their non-caregiving counterparts. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, has been proven to improve your mood while reducing stress and anxiety. Even as little as 5 minutes of this movement can make a difference. Walking increases the feel-good neurotransmitters, endorphins.
The caregiver’s physical health tends to suffer as well. One of the best, most available ways to improve your health is to start walking. Walking improves your overall physical health. This is important because an additional health issue will only add to the things on your plate.
Mindful walking is an excellent way to combine the physical and mental benefits of movement and mindfulness. This video will take you through one way of practicing mindful walking. It has you consciously consider how you are experiencing the world around you, and the life within you, through your 5 senses.
One of my favorite places to walk is around a pond/lake near my home. As I move around the small body of water, I see neighbors walking their dogs, or taking an evening stroll as couples. Dragonflies dance along the surface of the water. Young men use the pond as a fishing hole and laugh as they pull a fish from the water. The aroma of fresh-cut grass tickles my nose. I feel the twinge of joint pain (in all of my joints) but I feel alive. Pain is all too often a part of life. I ponder that. My mouth begins to et dry and I crave the glass of fresh water that I will guzzle upon my return home.
Once again I will be doing double duty in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I will be sharing ways to avoid burnout, here at Facing Cancer with Grace. At Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, I will share ways of thinking creatively, using Brainsparker’s Kickstart Course of A to Z prompts. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites.
Walking is good for so many reasons. What’s your favorite place to walk? If you don’t have one, yet, where will you try walking?
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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
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 “Caregiver Health.” Caring for Adults with Cognitive and Memory Impairment | Family Caregiver Alliance, www.caregiver.org/caregiver-health.