Since our last several blog posts have focused on the emotional and financial toll caregivers carry, we thought we would make July a much more positive message. Over the last few weeks, we have posted on Facebook, quick and easy activities that help with caregiver fatigue, stress and burnout. The best way to be good caregivers for those who need us is to first and foremost take care of ourselves. This means we can’t neglect our own needs or our health. These activities can take at minimum of five minutes out of our very busy days and have all been shown to have significant improvement on both physical and emotional health. Read below to learn more fun facts about the benefits of these activities as well as learn a few more. Together we will work to improve our well-being and ability to recharge ourselves to better care for our families and friends.
Believe it or not, practicing a life of gratitude has both physical and emotional benefits! Focusing on what we can be grateful for promotes resilience. In fact, science tells us that practicing gratitude has 7 benefits.
Saying “Thank you” opens the door to more friends and relationships not to mention that it is just part of having good manners
People who practice gratitude have less aches and pains and improved physical health
Gratitude increases happiness while reducing depression while lessening negative emotions like resentment, envy and frustration
Being grateful improves empathy, compassion, self-esteem and decreases hostility
Gratitude improves sleep, reduces stress and helps us overcome trauma.
We challenge each and every one of you to start practicing a life of gratitude. Call up a friend or family member and just say thank you for something that they have done for you or meant to you. Keep a journal or make a mental note of something you can be grateful for every day. Author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin found this key in her year long journey to happiness.
MEAH Health is grateful to each and every one of you who has helped us along the way and has allowed us into your lives, which makes our days brighter.