20-08-2018 04:31 PM
For this Topic Tuesday, we thought we would revisit a coping strategy that is spoken about a lot these days - mindfulness. The practice of mindfulness can help us to maintain our wellbeing and manage overwhelming and stressful times, however it can be hard to take the time to practice and intimidating to start. We will investigate how this coping mechanism can be adapted into your own self care as a supporter of a loved one. You may even be able to share with them what you learn and approach it together!
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25-09-2018 06:59 PM
Great to have you all here, tonight we are talking about all things mindfulness!
Being mindful can take us out of our automatic responses to the daily grind and can help us break out of old habits, old ways of thinking or just encourage us to navigate a day in a way that makes us feel a little bit more grounded.
As carers, we can sometimes be preoccupied by the needs of our loved one and this can mean that we cannot always tune into our own thoughts and emotions, that is until they surface at inopportune times. Bringing mindfulness into our days can help us manage distress before it becomes overwhelming. This is a winner for a self-care strategy that will hopefully have a positive impact on your relationship with your loved one as well.
So, to start off the night, what do you know about mindfulness and what is one thing you hope it can help you with?
25-09-2018 07:05 PM
25-09-2018 07:08 PM
Welcome! Sorry to hear you are having troubles with the support button and tagging - very strange! Can you drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with more detail on what's not working for you and we can look into it for you tomorrow.
Great description of mindfulness too 👍🏼
25-09-2018 07:11 PM
I'm a mindfulness sceptic so watching from the sidelines.
25-09-2018 07:11 PM
25-09-2018 07:13 PM
haha welcome @Darcy - love to have a sceptic on board for the evening!
25-09-2018 07:15 PM
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