Ayurvedic Stress Management for Caregivers

Caring for others can often bring up emotions with which we have may have had no previous
experience. New parents can attest to the stress and exhaustion that accompanies a sudden
change in lifestyle, sleep, eating habits, and responsibility for the well-being of others. Caring for
older adult family members is also stressful; maybe even more so for some people. Many care
for parents and children.
When we become parents, there is a certain level of expectation: most of us are mindful of
meeting the needs of the baby: nourishment, comfort, affection, safety, and attention. But isn’t
this similar to caring for an older relative? Our parents need the same things, don’t they? We
are, perhaps, suddenly in charge of keeping another human alive; providing safety, nutrition,
bodily needs, attention, meaningful interaction. The roles are reversed when the child is caring
for the parent in their later years; adjusting to this new place in life is a challenge that doesn’t
need to become unmanageable.
When does the caregiver become the one who is cared for? Whether caregivers recognize it or
not, receiving care is crucial to mental and physical health. Self-care and other stress
management techniques are highly effective. Make this space for yourself before you feel
exhausted to avoid a build-up of suppressed emotion. Giving care to yourself benefits the
person you care for. Older adults often become victims when the caregiver is burned out. Many
families opt for respite care in order to take some time for themselves.
The Mind Health Coach/Ayurveda Wellness Systems program builds a solid foundation of
physical, mental, emotional wellness as the main infrastructure to gain clarity and focus on
removing blockages and distractions that keep us from our best life. Leah Marie, a Board
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and certified Chopra Instructor specializing in Ayurveda, will
help you with all aspects of balance, self-care, and personal growth. You will receive the
personalized tools you need to enhance your physical and emotional well-being, such as
learning to make conscious choices and employing mindfulness exercises and self-awareness
practices.
This approach nurtures the connections between mind, body, and soul, improving overall health:
For the mind: joy, balance, and meaning;
For the body: optimal nutrition, digestion, and sleep patterns;
For the soul: emotional healing, stress reduction, sense of well-being
Founded in ancient India, Ayurveda is a holistic healing system. Its name is derived from the
Sanskrit words ayus meaning life, and veda meaning wisdom. It is the world’s oldest and most
comprehensive medical system. Holism is a philosophy that acknowledges the whole as greater
than the sum of its parts. By acknowledging and the interconnected relationship between the
mind, the body, and the soul, and nourishing them equally, the practitioner can transcend the

stressors that do so much damage to our entire being. Natural Ayurvedic techniques include
meditation, yoga, traditional Ayurvedic herbs, and food to promote health and wellness.
Many traditional medical doctors are foregoing prescription medications to treat caregiver
burnout; instead, they are turning to natural, drug-free methods that give the same effective
relief. Millions of Americans have taken up meditation or yoga at the direction of their
physicians.
Stressed caregivers benefit from this holistic program because caring for the mind, body, and
soul is essential to the well-being of the whole person. While the caregiver may attend to one of
the three, or perhaps two, it is essential that all three facets of the person are sustained.
The program is offered through workshops, webinars, online courses, and corporate wellness
trainings. Leah Marie offers one-on-one coaching by phone or video call.