When Alzheimer's affects your loved one, it's much too easy to get trapped into a negative mindset and swept away in the drama of it all. There are ways, however, that you can combat the darkness that inevitably follows such a taxing disease. After all, spring is well on its way and there seems to be new life all around us! Try these tips to be happy ... NOW.
Start simply. A great rest tonight puts you exactly where you need to be to have a better tomorrow. So, tip #1 is, Go to bed at a decent hour. A consistent bedtime will rejuvenate your mind and body, preparing you for whatever lies ahead. Keep yourself healthy!
Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate. However, that's not to say that we don't need a shoulder to lean on now and then. Consider joining a support group where you can spend some time with people who understand your daily challenges and struggles because, well, they're struggling with them too.
Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Now that the weather is warming up, commit to spending some time outside. Whether you take a 10 minute walk around the block or work in the garden, you’ll give yourself a boost with each inhale of that sweet spring air.
Happiness lies in the little things. It's about enjoying each smile you get from your loved one. It's about appreciating your time spent with them. It's about finding the silver lining to each situation. So, are you ready?
It's time to commit to happiness.