Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Laugh It Up – Creating a Culture of Happiness
Your happiness is your responsibility. That may sound a little like tough love, but it’s actually just a reminder to you that your happiness is within your control. And isn’t that good news?
When you tie your happiness to external factors (like other people) you aren’t in the director’s chair of your own life … and who wants that?
So create your own happiness with these five ways to raise your joy.
1. Write your achievements.
Train your mind to find the positive by listing your achievements. Write down physical achievements, personal achievements, goals you’ve met, things you have done, and places you have visited. Too often we spend time thinking about what isn’t right with us instead of focusing on what’s right.
Not only will this little activity put your mind in a positive place, but you also might be surprised at how many things you’ve already done in your life. Reading your list will make you feel like a million bucks. Look at you go!
2. Decide to make yourself a priority.
You shouldn’t only think of yourself on a random girls’ night or on your birthday. Show yourself some love by prioritizing your well-being. Load up your iPhone with your favorite music. Call a friend. Take a cat nap. Get a pedicure. Have a massage. Read a book before you drift off to sleep. Take a walk. Peruse your favorite bookstore or hide out in a coffee shop for 30 minutes. If you aren’t accustomed to making yourself a priority, maybe you have to tap into your list-making skills here too.
Write this at the top: Ways to Make Myself a Priority. Now write your fabulous list that’s tailored specifically to the things you find enjoyable. Pay attention to those activities that have a tendency to recharge your battery, so to speak. Carve out time for yourself even if you have to plan it and align the sun, moon and stars. You matter that much!
3. Fill your day with tiny things you love.
Sometimes happiness is in the details. Make sure your daily details work for you. Maybe it’s your favorite cup of coffee or tea, a beautiful sunrise in the morning, a cozy sweater, your favorite yoga pants or a delicious meal in your slow cooker. Hang up a quote that inspires you or a picture that makes you feel peaceful and calm. Just ask yourself: In what way can I introduce tiny things into my day that lift my mood?
4. Do something new.
It’s easy to get stuck in a caregiving routine. You can get renewed energy from trying something you’ve never tried before. Maybe it’s a new fitness gadget or a type of exercise you never thought you’d try. Get super-charged with a new playlist or invite a new friend to lunch. New experiences remind us that we’re alive and that life is full of surprises.
5. Understand that your work is meaningful.
Caregivers spend several thousands of hours at work. But many of us don’t find our work fulfilling or meaningful. If that’s the case, we have two options, find work that is meaningful or find something meaningful in our work. To find meaning in your work, we suggest making the choice to focus on how your work makes a difference.
To Contact Us
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center please call (561) 588-4545. Thanks for watching today’s Monday mojo and we’ll see you again next week!