Short Daily Meditation Can Improve Caregivers' Mental Health


Short Daily Meditation Can Improve Caregivers' Mental Health

As per recent reports, it has been claimed that yoga meditation programme can prove highly effective in reducing symptoms of depression and can also enhance the general mental health of an individual.

In this regard, a recently concluded study, which was carried out by a team of researchers from the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, has also revealed that it may well also prove effective in showing a world of advantages at cellular levels.

During the course of the study, the researchers involved as many as 49 caregivers between 45 and 91 years of age, all of them were involved in taking care of family members of people suffering from dementia. Caregivers are also said to be at highly elevated levels of risk when it comes to experiencing high levels of stress, with frequent and relief-less experiences, which may well prove disastrous in leading to various health issues.

The partakers were all arbitrarily assigned two different programs, namely "Kundalini yoga Kirtan Kriya meditation or passive relaxation by means of instrumental music".

The meditation program of yoga also consisted of chanting, repetitive finger movements and breathing, and they were practiced for around 12 minutes on a daily basis for a period of eight weeks.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, along with mentioning what all pros once can reap by practicing yoga meditation program to curb down the levels of mental stress, the lead author of the study carried out at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Dr. Helen Lavretsky, said: "We know that chronic stress places caregivers at a higher risk for developing depression. On average, the incidence and prevalence of clinical depression in family dementia caregivers approaches 50%. The caregivers are also twice as likely to report high levels of emotional distress".

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