Oct 172013

Of all the stress-relieving options out there, few are as easy or as effective as meditation. If caregiving is causing stress to build up, I strongly encourage you to give meditation a try – it takes only a few minutes a day, and doesn’t cost a penny.

Meditation is essentially focused relaxation.

The goal is simple; reach a state of calmness and serenity by clearing your mind of the thoughts racing through it. The benefits of that kind of relaxation goes beyond emotional – scientific studies continue to prove meditation’s positive effects on high blood pressure, allergies, sleep problems, and pain relief.

There are many ways to meditate.

Tai Chi and Yoga are examples of using physical action to help relax the mind and body. Others use prayer or a “mantra” – a constantly repeated word or phrase – to help prevent distractions. But meditation doesn’t have to be so complicated.

If you’re a caregiver with only a few minutes to spare, here’s a simple way to achieve the tranquility of meditation:

Find a nice, relaxing place. Some people prefer quiet, while others might enjoy soothing background noise. Sit down in a comfortable position and take a long, deep breath. Close your eyes, and concentrate on the air you’re taking in. Feel it filling your lungs. Hold for the mental count of 3, then slowly exhale. Focus all of your attention on your breathing, blocking out all other thoughts. Try to keep this up undisturbed for at least 3 to 5 minutes or longer. Do this when ever you need to calm down, but better yet, do it once or twice a day before you need it to calm your nerves.  You will find that over time you become a more balanced, calm individual.

To meditate is not difficult, and yet, the more you do it, the better you get.

If you think you didn’t “do it right” the first time, don’t worry, there’s no right or wrong way to meditate, only guidelines to help you find an internal harmony of mind and body.

Adding a relaxing fragrance to the area where you meditate makes it an even better experience.

Outdoors, meditating near fragrant roses, honeysuckle, jasmine, citrus in bloom, or under pine or cedar can greatly enhance the meditation experience.

Indoors, diffusing or spritzing one of the above mentioned fragrances in form of essential oils can enrich the experience. People often associate certain aromas with certain moods.  Do you have an aroma or fragrance which has calming effects on you?

For me, the fragrance of citrus in bloom has one of the most relaxing associations. When I first came to California, the orange and lemon trees were in bloom. I so loved that fragrance that I decided to sleep near or in an orchard. Being near blooming citrus  trees always relaxes me and even quickly brings on sleep.  For many years I wished there would be a way to capture that fragrance in off season, until I discovered the aroma of Young Living’s Lemon oil. There are few aromas that have that kind of refreshing, invigorating and yet relaxing fragrance than YL’s LEMON essential oil.

Read more here: http://essential-caregiver.com/lemon-oil-magic-for-caregivers/

With Gratitude and Love,

Margarete de Gaston