Have you ever noticed your willpower fading as the day wears on? Maybe you find it harder to get things done. You might lose patience and snap at loved ones, or find your thoughts spiraling out of control. Perhaps you experience decision fatigue – feeling like you can’t make any more decisions, and compromise becomes more difficult. The reason is that we have a finite amount of willpower, and it becomes depleted as we use it. We use willpower to
One tulip in bud - citing reported April 1 in Nova Scotia (no, not an April Fool's joke).
Thawed ground under the snow - reported April 4 in Halifax. This should come as no surprise, since snow is a great insulator and all that natural ground...
I'm all for adding practices from various cultures into my life, so I'm sharing some Irish blessings with you for St. Patrick's day.
"May you never have trouble,
All crowdin' and shovin',
But only good fortune,
All smilin' and lovin'."
Dogs have many things to teach us, if only we follow their example.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstacy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
If you want to have more positive feelings about caregiving, reduce your risk of becoming depressed and anxious, feel less frustrated or burdened, and feel better physically and emotionally, consider if some or all of the following tips might help you move in a more positive direction.
If you provide care for someone, you are not alone. In 2007, 2.7 million Canadians aged 45 and older – 1 in 5 – provided care or assistance to an older family member or friend. That works out to $24 to $31 billion worth of informal support. *
As a caregiver you may provide practical support (e.g. driving, getting groceries), personal care (e.g. washing hair), emotional support and companionship, and provide information. You may feel satisfaction in providing care, and your emotional bonds and affection are likely strong and meaningful.
Burden of care – personal
But you might also feel anger and resentment about the situation, and stress can lead to burnout. Guilt is common, because caregivers often believe they should do more, and think they could provide better care than they do.