Stress Relief Photo: Springtime Stroll

This is one of my favorite times of year, when the world is bursting with the colors of new life. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Please enjoy and feel free to share the photo and inspirational quote with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Dream without fear, love without limits, and let your life sing its song." -Dilip Bathjia

Central Park in Bloom: Stress Relief Photo

Finally we get to enjoy the marvel of blossoms and the new life of spring. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy our stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo of a blossoming tree was taken in Central Park, New York. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. We hope you have a great week.


"In all things in nature there is something of the marvelous." -Aristotle

Butterfly in Autumn Sunshine: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lincoln Park, Chicago. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. We hope you have a great week. 


"The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle."
-Janet S. Dickens

Raindrops on Roses: Stress Awareness Photo

This week's stress awareness photo was taken at Portobello Market in London, England, and features roses, full of promise as they are about to blossom. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. We hope you have a great week. 


"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, 
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
-Abraham Lincoln

Refreshing and Relaxing Hike: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope you are enjoying a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends, or are able to just take some time to yourself. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Manchester, Connecticut. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and feel free to share them with loved ones. Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. We wish you a Happy 4th of July and a great week.


"Running water never grows stale, so you just have to keep on flowing." 
-Bruce Lee

Caregiver Stress Relief Through Meditation App

Caregivers deal with a lot day to day on the job. Take a break from remembering specific dietary restrictions of your senior clients, coordinating with their family members and worrying about personal matters to meditate. Devoting eight minutes a day to meditation with the Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app will help improve caregiver mental health. 

When caregivers first download and open the Relax app, they can choose between nine different background themes. All of the background themes reflect different calming scenes from nature, such as a mountain scene, a flower in a field or a beach. Users also have the option to customize the music playing within the app. 

The app layout and structure may be quite basic, but that makes it easy for the user to click into the meditation session. In the free version of the app, all users have access to the eight minute meditation session. The eight minute session is adequate for meditating to relieve stress, but for longer sessions caregivers need to purchase the paid version of the app.

The narration in the app lays out the basic guidelines for choosing an area to meditate. Caregivers should find a spot where they can lie down on their back, but not on a soft enough surface that they will fall asleep during meditation. The app recommends finding a good spot on the floor or on a firm mat. The room should be quiet and free from the chance for interruptions. 

The meditation starts with the narrator coaching participants through breathing exercises, and then moves on to focusing on specific parts of the body. The narration aims to help users become aware of each part of their body to properly relax it. All the while, caregivers should continue to breathe deeply and focus on inhaling and exhaling deeply at the same rate. 

For meditation beginners, the app also offers exercises to assist in learning to breathe deeply. This portion of the app shows a bar with a sliding dot and a pie chart underneath it. Users can select from different levels and then follow the instructions above the bar to practice meditative breathing. 


For example, one of the first levels has users practice a basic technique to inhale for three seconds and then exhale for three seconds. As the three seconds passes, the dot on the bar slides from left to right and the first section of the pie chart fills up. Once the sliding dot has reached the end of the bar, it pops back to the beginning and the word above changes to say exhale. Users then exhale for the same amount of time as the dot moves across to the right again and the pie chart fills up entirely. 

Having both visuals to look at in addition to an audio clip lasting the length of time for each breath makes training yourself to breathe in sync simple. As users master the lower levels and move higher, breaths get longer and retaining a breath between the inhale and exhale is added to the exercise. Users can practice breathing between sessions to make their overall meditation experience better. 

The Relax: Stress and Anxiety Relief app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discovers additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Bright Skies Over London: Caregiver Stress Relief

We hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. We invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy this week's stress relief photo and inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. This week's photo was taken in London, England, and shows the view from the Shard, Europe's tallest building, during a winter sunset. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and the care you provide for our seniors. More caregivers are always needed as seniors in America are living longer. You can learn more about becoming a senior caregiver and apply for a job near you. Have a great week.


"At sunset, nature is painting for us...day after day...pictures of infinite beauty."  -John Ruskin

Caregiver Stress Relief: Autumn in New England

The time has come to gather with friends and family, give thanks, and enjoy a traditional feast while autumn is showing its last colors. This week's photo was taken in Manchester, Connecticut. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.  We wish you safe travels and a very Happy Thanksgiving.


"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues."  -Cicero

Autumn Colors in New England: Stress Relief Photo

Nature provides us with so much beauty, no matter the season. This week's photo takes us to Connecticut in bright autumn sunshine. Caregiverlisinvites you to take a moment to relax and enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. At Caregiverliswe understand the realities of caregiver stress. Senior care training assists caregivers to better manage a senior's care needs and manage caregiver stress. We hope you can take some time to yourselves and have a great week. 
 

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus

Summer Evening on Lake Geneva: Caregiver Stress Relief Photo

Just being near the water on a beautiful evening can be relaxing. This week's stress relief photo was taken in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on a summer evening. Caregiverlisinvites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors. Remember to take a moment for yourselves. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. Have a great week. 

"I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it." -Maya Angelou

 

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