Family Caregiver Synchronicity Program (FCS)
Movement, Nutrition and Mindfulness
Breathing Spaces’ goal is to support family caregivers by honoring the essential link between connection, support and movement (or movement, nutrition, and mindfulness). We offer a variety of custom-tailored programs that teach self-care skills to caregivers so that they can take the best care of their loved ones. The programs are designed and support by a previous caregiver, Cyndi Mariner, someone who has experienced a caregiver journey.
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The benefits of fresh air and connection with other caregivers cannot be understated. The walk programs support caregivers by linking movement (the walks) with connection (emotional and social support). We offer walks in a variety of locations and times of the week to facilitate your schedule.
Breathing Spaces started as a walk program for caregivers in 2016 and has evolved into it’s current robust offering of self-care supports (?programs). However, it’s initial premise hasn’t changed - the crucial link between movement and emotional support - instead it has evolved to support additional self-care programs.
Our mindfulness program aims to support caregivers in the development of self-care practices. This program starts with a short conversation with an experienced family caregiver allowing caregivers an opportunity to explore their current concerns. The group’s focus during the initial conversation will inform the type of meditation they explore together. Some of the specific meditations they might explore include letting go of anxieties, calming yourself or finding “your” energy. Following the meditation, participants and the facilitator engage in a discussion of how they felt before and after, as well as feelings during the exercise.
Developing self-care skills allows family caregivers to better navigate some of the most challenging times of their lives. Our mindfulness program aims to support caregivers in the creation of self-care practices. We partner with other practitioners including nutritionists to offer seminars focused on healthier eating options and concrete steps to make better eating viable for both the caregivers and their family members.