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Caregiver Care - Mini Mental Vacation

Posted by fasd101 on June 30, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Take A Mini Mental Vacation:


You can take 2 minutes to as long as time allows.  When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed and need a break, try and get in a position you can concentrate for the time you have alotted yourself. I do this in the shower and also while at my computer while the boys are watching TV.


The key to really getting the benifits from this virtual vacation is to get all 5 of your sense involved.



Close your eyes and visualize a place you have been before or even a place you would like to be. I am going on a tropical vacation, but you could go to the mountains, the lake, a cabin in the snow, your bedroom, any place that makes you feel calm.

Sight:

I can see the beautiful green leaves, bright red and orange flowers, the ocean in the back ground and the sand at my feet. Try to capture every detail that you can think of. 




Sound:

I hear the birds chirping, the roar of the ocean, the russeling of the leaves in the light ocean breeze. Click to listen to the ocean.



Touch:

I can feel the warm sand and cool water on my feet, the cool wet drink in my hand, the pleasant breeze as it comes off the ocean.





Smell:

I can smell coconut suntan lotion, the salty ocean air and the sweet smell of flowers.

Taste:

My iced tea is refreshing and lightly sweet with a hint of fresh squeezed lemon.



Do this anytime, even several times a day. It can lower your blood pressure, stress level and reset your mood.


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Take some part of everyday for yourself

even if its only 5 minutes, 

No distractions

to think, sleep, read, eat lunch.

I try and get my boys involved in something, or  when they take a nap. 

That's when I take my lunch break.  Granted, my lunch is usually late, but at least its peaceful.


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