Looking After Yourself, Helping Each Other: How Can Yoga Support Foster Carers?
Yoga may be used as a method to reduce and handle stress by encouraging an individual to become more centred, and so able to cope with challenges. It can also help the development of confidence and self-esteem, especially through breath work and co-ordinating movement. And, what is described as mindfulness practice promotes self awareness, so that we respond rather than react to difficult situations. With the everyday stresses associated with being a foster carer well-documented, and with pressures on carers increasing, this briefing explores the impact of offering a different kind of support; focusing on doing something together, rather than the more established approach of talking about concerns one-to-one or in group.