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Could Yoga Help You Keep Your Caregiver Stress in Check?

By Staff | August 21, 2020 | Mayo Clinic

Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. The practice focuses on postures (poses), breathing techniques and meditation.

While research on the benefits of yoga for caregivers is limited, a small number of studies suggest that yoga might:

  • Improve depression symptoms
  • Lower anxiety levels
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve the ability to cope

One study found that caregivers who participated in an eight-week yoga group experienced physical and emotional benefits, which helped lessen any guilt they felt for taking time for themselves. Participants also reported feeling peaceful and relaxed during their yoga practice.

There are many different types and styles of yoga, and some are more intense and vigorous than others. Check with your doctor before starting yoga, especially if you have any health conditions. If finding time to attend a yoga class is challenging, seek out a mix of in-person and online classes.

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Mayo Clinic