Take a Meditation Break for Stress Relief Using Guided App

As we come into the fall and winter months, the days get shorter and the weather gets worse. As this happens, it's easy to hole up indoors and focus on the stressors of daily life. For caregivers in particular who work in high-stress environments, taking the time to break the routine and relieve stress remain key. The Headspace app offers guided meditation to help caregivers take care of their mental health. 

The Headspace home screen displays different levels of meditation for caregivers to work through in the free version of the app. The levels also display how long that particular guided meditation will last for. Once a user selects the first session they would like to complete, the app opens an introduction animation explanation of how to best complete the meditation. 

As the intro to the meditation mentions, the most important aspect to having a successful meditation is finding a location where you will be undisturbed for the duration. Perhaps in the morning before you leave for work, immediately when you arrive home from work or right before bed would work well. Or, maybe your senior client would be interested in completing a guided meditation session with you. 

The actual session is an audio recording with a man explaining how to relax for the meditation. He explains how to sit and breathe in addition to what to focus on as you meditate. He moves slowly through the instructions, making them easy to follow and comply with. Caregivers with no meditation experience should find this a nice introduction. 

As caregivers complete more meditations, they can also visit the Series area of the app. Here users will see different categories of guided meditation, such as Sport, Health and Relationships. Each category has sub-categories of guided meditations for specific topics. For example, under Health there are meditations for Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress and Anxiety.  

The Singles library likewise contains individual meditations around more focused topics, such as Fear of Flying or Commuting. The meditations in this category last anywhere from 2 to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Both the Series and the Singles meditations require a subscription to the app after having completed the first 10 free meditations. If caregivers find that the into meditations were helpful and a specific topic sticks out to them, they might want to consider subscribing to the service. 

The Headspace app is available for Apple and Android platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover 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 

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