Mental health is often a component of overall health that falls by the wayside. It’s also a component that lacks attention in caregivers helping their elderly loved ones. Morningside Recovery’s own Dr. Elizabeth Waterman spoke with AgingCare.com about the importance of expressing gratitude, especially as a caregiver.
The Importance of Expressing Gratitude
In the article, Dr. Waterman discusses why gratitude is so vital for caregivers. She states that the feeling of gratitude can be an extremely healing. It can also help promote a more optimistic outlook on life, which can help provide caregivers with a wider social network of support. She also references that studies show gratitude can help reduce stress and supports a healthy immune system. Grateful individuals are also said to be more aware and active in staying healthy by exercising and eating healthy.
Since caregivers are often under tremendous amounts of stress, it’s important for them to take a few minutes every day to experience gratitude. Caring for aging parents suffering from mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or physical setbacks from a stroke, can make feel gracious impossible. However, it’s essential that caregivers make the attempt to look past the pain and sadness that they’re prone to feel.
Mental Health at Morningside Recovery
Mental health and mental illness tend to be a common factor in those struggling with addiction. Morningside Recovery works hard to offer dual diagnosis treatment for our clients to ensure both their addiction and mental illness receive proper attention and treatment. If you believe you or a loved one needs a mental health rehab, reach out to us today. Call us at 855-631-2135 to learn about our programs and services available for both addiction and mental health. Let us teach you how expressing gratitude can be one of the many tools you can use to live a healthy and fulfilling life.