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Patience: Accepting That Control Requires Self-Care

Posted on August 09, 2018

"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen

Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated at the end of a long line for a prescription at the pharmacy? You're not alone.

Patience can feel scarce when you don't have control over a situation. It can feel like caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease interrupts your personal life and brings a slew of frustrations at the worst moments. Finding a tiny bit of control can bring us patience later.

Control might look like self-care: a walk around the block, getting up early for 15 minutes of alone time, spending time each week encouraging others who care for someone with Alzheimer's or starting a gratitude journal. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) make you feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

Here are recent conversations from MyALZTeam:

Have you found ways to take back control and practice patience? What do you do to be more open to self-care? Share your insights in the comments below or directly on myALZteam.com.

A myALZteam Member said:

Yes, getting away for a few hours (even just once a week) can make you feel so whole again & a bit normal. You definitely need time for yourself. Take care!

posted about 1 month ago

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