Yoga has been shown in research to help people with a multitude of health problems, including relieving back pain and lowering stress — it may even help to lower blood pressure.
But now, it turns out yoga doesn’t just help the person with the ailment — it could also help the person taking care of the person with the ailment. It’s no secret that caregiving can be rough on your health- mentally and physically. Many caregivers report that their health has worsened since becoming a caregiver. And caregivers have an increased risk of becoming depressed or suffering other mental health issues.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatryhas found that yoga might be able to help counteract both the physical and mental stress of caring for a loved one. Yoga can help lower depression in caregivers, and may also improve their cognitive functioning. With just 12 minutes of yoga a day, some people in this study showed less indication of depression and better mental health. Additionally, there was improvement in participants’ telomerase activity – which is important since that is what slows down cellular aging and ultimately cell death.
Now, finding even just 15 minutes each day to do yoga can be challenging as a caregiver, but if you don’t take care of yourself it becomes that much harder to take care of someone else. In this day and age, it’s easy to find online resources for yoga that will guide you through the motions from the comfort of your own home! Here’s a few videos designed specifically for caregivers: Yoga for Caregivers!
You can read more about this study on Huffington Post by clicking here.