Are You a Caregiver? Four Ways to Use Mindfulness to Boost Well-Being

November 13, 2014 6:02 PM

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Any way you look at it, the number of adults who regularly care for a sick or disabled family member is staggering. More than 40 percent of Americans -- that tops 240 million -- wear the mantle of caregiver, an emotionally, physically and mentally taxing job that usually goes unpaid and on top of other, full-time employment.

I am encouraged, however, by new research from Northwestern University suggesting that mindfulness practices can help both caregivers and their loved ones maintain their emotional well-being. This is important for two reasons. First, strong emotional well-being is a good defense against such stress-...

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