I recently overheard a woman tell her friend that she wanted to live a “life of abundance.” It got me thinking about how extraordinary our lives could be if we switched our mindset from surviving the stress of caregiving to living a life of abundance, despite carrying a hefty load. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is challenging, and it can be beautiful, but it can also be so hard!
As a caregiver, you will find the journey much more joyful when you can focus on what you can control, not what you can’t. The things you will encounter that you cannot control are the things that will steal your joy, and they are the things that shift your focus to the negative rather than the positive. Quite frankly, it’s exhausting.
When I think of living a life of abundance as a caregiver, I think of the following:
- Focus on what you control – When you focus on the things within your control, you don’t give attention to the things you can’t change for the better.
- Have confidence in your ability as a caregiver – You don’t have to be perfect, you will make mistakes, but you are doing a great job!
- Acknowledge your limitations – We all have our limits. Recognize that you may need help, and remember there is no shame in asking or admitting that you can’t do it alone.
- Stay connected – We need our tribe and the world outside the walls of our home. Your friends, family, and church communities can be tremendous support if you just let them in.
- Celebrate your success – Sometimes, just making it through the day is something to celebrate! Celebrate your wins, big and small, because it will help keep you motivated and fulfilled.
A life of abundance isn’t a life filled with “things.” It is a life that leaves you with a sense of fulfillment and gratification. Your caregiving days can be long and full of challenges, but every day you have a chance to live life to its fullest. Embrace the positive; before you know it, the negative won’t seem as significant.