They say that all good things must come to an end sometimes. But the truth is, ALL things –“good” OR “bad” – must eventually end, and there are certain things you can do to prepare for the transition that naturally occurs afterwards.
Familiarity is comforting, and it’s easy to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, especially as we’re nosediving towards the end. But there are definitely ways to ease the transition, and to make the situation less painful. As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, it is certain that you will face many changes in the future. Things like the disease progress, causing the way you care for your loved one to change. Relationships change, roles change, even your attitude may change.
Here are 5 ways to prepare yourself when there’s about to be a big change in your life:
1. Be Clear
The more clear you can be with why you are doing something, the easier it will be. Have a clear picture of your goals in mind then start working toward making it happen.
2. Practice Self-Care
Self-care is key, and prevention is the best way to go. So when you know something is about to change or you’re going to be really stressed out, be proactive and set your immune system up for success by taking vitamins, eating right and exercising. Listen to your body.
3. Express How You Feel
It’s healthy to process how we feel, and the more we try to stuff our emotions down, the bigger they become. So get it out!
4. Surround Yourself with Support
Find people that understand you and spend more time with them. They’re the ones that are going to be there when you start to panic at 3 am on a random Sunday night.
5. Focus on the Beginning
Every ending is the start of something new. Even if you don’t have a clear idea of what that next step is, that can be an awesome adventure in itself. So in those moments when you feel uneasy about what’s going to happen next, remember that you’re in the driver’s seat; and at any moment, you can change directions. Changes don’t have to be overwhelming, and transitions don’t have to be painful. With a little preparation you can ensure clear open highways ahead.
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Please call us at 877-760-9199 Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo and we’ll see you again next week!