That’s the conclusion of a recent study* conducted at the University of Illinois where caregivers of military veterans learned mindfulness skills. Caregivers in the treatment (study) group reported significant decreases in their perceived levels of stress, anxiety, and worry. By contrast, researchers found no significant changes in any of those symptoms in the control group.
Participants in the treatment group received instruction on mindfulness skills and how to apply them in stressful situations. These skills included focusing on body sensations to reduce emotional activity, and concentrating on the present instead of ruminating about their worries.
The researchers believe this study demonstrates the value of mindfulness in mitigating the stress, anxiety, and worry experienced by spouses and other informal caregivers, thereby considerably improving the quality of their lives.
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*Journal Reference: Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ryan L. Santens, Elinor M. Fujimoto. “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Caregivers of Veterans.” Mindfulness, 2019; DOI: 10.1007/s12671-019-01131-9