This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Elizabeth Lombardo, our happiness expert, joined me to share ideas on how to stay motivated in your caregiving role. (You can listen to our show via the player below.)
When every day seems the same, getting out of bed to face the day can seem like a Herculean task. The day seems void of possibilities, which can just seem absolutely depressing. While we can’t change the circumstances of the day, Elizabeth suggested changing our thoughts and perspective about the contents of our day.
Specifically, she suggested we change our definition of a successful day. In the past, a successful day may have involved achieving career goals or ticking off items on your To Do list or enjoying dinner and a movie out with friends and family. Days now focused on caregiving, rather than on a career or freedom, may mean each day can feel like a failure.
That’s not true. Your day has successes, maybe not visible or obvious ones. But, you have successes. So, in this six-word story, I’d love to hear your definition of a successful caregiving day. It could be:
I found peace in the slowness.
I let go. We went on.
What brought tears now brings laughs.
Please share your six-word stories in our comments, below. We’ll choose a winner to receive Take Time: A Journal and Journey Toward Greater Happiness During an Unhappy Time and a copy of our ebook, Help, A Collection of Stories by Those Who Care. Share your story by Thursday for a chance to win.
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