The brain needs tasks to be finished. If you have uncompleted tasks or any unmet goals in your life, they have a strong tendency to keep popping up in your mind. We can clear our minds by writing down a plan, because that gets the items out of the mind. Then you won’t be beating yourself up, thinking that you don’t have enough willpower to do whatever it is you’re wanting to accomplish.
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
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.
I appreciated the wise thoughts in Letting Go and wanted to share them with you. For me, they make sense for family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, and yes, even acquaintances and strangers.
Letting Go – Author Unknown
LETTING GO does not mean to stop caring … it means not to take responsibility for someone else.
Having considered a variety of features about location and where to live, your next step is to identify housing solutions. You ought to assume that you will eventually have physical and possibly cognitive limitations, and you may have financial restrictions. But there is hope, and there are lots of options!
Inertia is often the biggest barrier to creating suitable housing for ourselves for the long term. The time to act is now, because more and more of us are going to live a very long time. Acting now instead of when the need is urgent also gives us more time and more choices to make good decisions.
If we want housing that supports fulfilling, quality lives, the most important step is to identify now what we need and want from our homes in the future. Here are some things for you to consider. Different people will have different priorities, so be sure to discuss these if you have a partner!
The older we get, the more our inner world seems to absorb our attention. This is a natural part of growing older, and life can become more satisfying if we incorporate our growing spirituality into everyday life through our connection to others.
I look at spirituality in the context of our deepest values, our purpose and meaning in life, and the discovery or uncovering of the true essence of our being. Spirituality, to me, also implies the possibility of transformation, and an inner path to personal development and personal well-being, with or without a formal religion. Spirituality may also include contemplation, wonder, or awe of Nature, God(s), Spirit, or Beauty.