Slow Down, Focus, & Chill for Better Health
Personal Computers simultaneously process many operations so we can be more efficient users. Automobiles simultaneously process many operations so we can be more efficient drivers. In caregiving, we have to be mindful of what tasks we can do simultaneously and what tasks we should only do one at a time.
In the 21st century, caregiving is becoming a profession that is interdisciplinary in makeup. Caregiving integrates knowledge from the disciplines of Education, Health Education, and Social Sciences. To be exceptional caregivers we must interact with our patients in a positive manner while assisting them in accomplishing their goals. During most of our work, we are required to focus our attention on our patients. In order to achieve and maintain excellent work progress, we must find a way to take a break and focus this caring attention on ourselves. Since our breaks are usually short, it is important to do a Mindfulness exercise for at least five minutes during each workday.
According to Sharon Liao, the author of “A Five-Minute Meditation ,” in Time Special Edition: Mindfulness The New Science of Health and Happiness , doing a Mindfulness exercise for five minutes can help you de-stress and feel calm. The initial two minutes of breathing exercise helps you concentrate on filling your lungs with air and expelling negative energy. The last three minutes of the Mindfulness exercise helps you to re-center yourself and bring positive energy to your mind, body and spirit (Lombardi, 2016). Caregivers should participate in Mindfulness exercise for at least five minutes every workday. The exercise will help caregivers feel and work better.
Multitasking and Job Stress
Many employers expect their employees to multitask. We live in a world where multitasking has been the norm for more than 30 years. Unfortunately, multitasking eventually leads to inefficiency, low productivity, and high levels of stress that turn into physical problems. According to Dunn, in Time Special Edition: Mindfulness The New Science of Health and Happiness, if stress is left untreated it can turn into disease, such as, anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke (Lombardi, 2016). Each condition may occur singularly in the body or in multitask mode, simultaneously.
Multitasking means getting multiple things accomplished at once. However, many tasks are overlooked when priorities are forgotten or ignored and deadlines are approaching fast. This overbooking of job tasks means that multitaskers inevitably forget important things. Enter the caregiver who forgets to pick up medication before the pharmacy closes.
Mindfulness Treatment Plan
The new science of health and happiness, Mindfulness, has emerged from underneath the multitasking mess. Mindfulness is a treatment plan for an out of control living mindset. It promises to restore calm, comfort, and care to your life. It helps you tune in while chilling out and giving praise for something good that’s in your life now. Mindfulness is a very important centering practice for caregivers because when we are working we give so much of ourselves to help others. Caregivers should find the time to practice Mindfulness for better overall health (Kamps, 2016) and on the job performance. Start caring for yourself in a better way. Take five minutes or more out of your workday to practice Mindfulness, because your life is important and you deserve the very best.
To include Mindfulness exercises in your caregiving practice, check out the clever“Calm” app. It’s marvelous and free!