Struggling with carer stress? Try Tai Chi.
Caring can be stressful at times, but sometimes life just gets too much. Practising regular self-care despite the challenges can help you look after your physical and mental health, and avoid burnout.
One way of stopping daily stress from overwhelming you is taking up an exercise like Tai Chi. Tai Chi uses slow, gentle movements combined with deep breathing to aid focus and relaxation.
Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, this ancient practice now helps thousands of people around the world look after their physical and mental wellbeing.
Looking after body and mind
Tai Chi has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved mobility and balance, reduced stress and increased leg strength.
And unlike many gym sessions, Tai Chi is suitable for every age group and fitness level. As a low impact exercise, it is particularly beneficial for for older people or those with limited mobility.
The practice is also good for fitness fans who would like to complement their higher intensity workouts workouts with a gentler routine.
But like any new exercise, if you have any health concerns, it's recommended that you talk to your GP before giving it a go.
Free sessions this summer
Our free Tai Chi classes offer a gentle, down-to-earth introduction to the basic movements of Tai Chi, including meditation and other relaxing exercises you can practice at home to calm your mind.
You'll also have opportunities to meet people and have a lot of fun at the same time.
And don't worry if you've never tried Tai Chi before. Taught by a qualified Tai Chi instructor, these beginner sessions assume no previous knowledge.
Completely free for Croydon carers, our next term starts on Friday 21 June, 12noon-1pm and runs every Friday lunchtime for six weeks at the Carers Support Centre.
Carers can also give Tai Chi a try on our free Taster Tai Chi session next Friday 14 June, 2pm-3pm.
To book a place on either of these sessions, call 020 8663 5674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org