Re­lief for care­giver fa­tigue

First For Women - - Insight -

Be­fore vis­it­ing the el­derly neigh­bor you look af­ter, take a mo­ment to men­tally send her well wishes like, “May she be happy and free from suf­fer­ing.” It can help you avoid feel­ing emo­tion­ally ex­hausted from help­ing, sug­gests a study in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy. Sub­jects who prac­ticed mak­ing such an of­fer­ing ev­ery day for two weeks were less up­set af­ter see­ing peo­ple in dis­tress than those who didn’t send good thoughts. Brain scans of the well­wish­ers showed re­duced ac­tiv­ity in ar­eas re­lated to anx­i­ety, sug­gest­ing the daily act built up their tol­er­ance for other peo­ple’s stress.

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