8th July 2020Category: General
We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the stresses that carers deal with every day. It’s likely this has also worsened due to a lack of social contact and time away from caring.
Social distancing measures mean that we, as well as most other support organisations, have been unable to offer our normal get-togethers, trips and activities to provide a short break.
It is vitally important that carers take care of their own health and wellbeing, as well as looking after the person that they care for. To help with this we have purchased a series of short videos designed to give carers the opportunity to take a short break and learn a new technique to relax and recharge.
Jacqui, who created the videos, describes them here:
“My name is Jacqui Wallace and for the past 20 years, I have been working in various charities within Cumbria, mostly with young people to help and support them to realise their potential, improve their well-being and find their own resources to cope with the ups and downs of life. Just over 3 years ago, I also completed my Yoga Teacher Training in India and since then I've been complimenting this work with my love of yoga and mindfulness, teaching weekly classes in my hometown.
Like many of us, all my work came to a grinding halt due to Covid-19, but I've been continuing my teaching online and I've also created these short videos in the hope that you'll get some benefit from them during this often stressful time we're living through right now. They combine a variety of disciplines e.g. yoga, mindfulness, Qi Gong, Emotional Freedom Technique, and are designed to help you be more present and to cope with the whirlwind of thoughts we often get caught up in (i.e. possible anxiety about the future, or a bit depressed when we think about the past?)
They're all around 15 minutes long, so won't take up too much time if you want to give them a go and give your mind a little holiday for a while. Hope you enjoy...”
A new video will be uploaded every Wednesday morning for the next 5 weeks so you can try all of the different techniques to see which works best for you. Once the videos have been uploaded you can watch them whenever you want and as often as you want - a great excuse to take a short break from your caring role and carve out some well-deserved YOU time!
The videos in the series include:
If you have any problem viewing these on your PC or device please let us know and we will try to help you to access them.