May 23, 2024

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As family caregivers, we often find ourselves caught in the whirlwind of responsibilities, constantly juggling the needs of our loved ones with the demands of everyday life. For Lucy, a dedicated caregiver to her aging parents for three years, this balancing act became overwhelming, leaving her feeling drained, frustrated, and at her wit's end. However, amidst the chaos and exhaustion, Lucy embarked on a journey of self-discovery and resilience that ultimately led her to find solace and spiritual wellness.

So what is spiritual wellness and why would anyone try to even achieve it?

Spiritual wellness is a deeply personal aspect of overall well-being that pertains to finding meaning, purpose, and connection in life. While it often intersects with religion for many individuals, spiritual wellness isn't solely confined to religious beliefs or practices. Instead, it encompasses a broader understanding of one's relationships, values, principles, and sense of purpose that guides their actions and decisions.

Lucy's caregiving journey was fraught with challenges, both practical and emotional. The constant demands of caregiving left her feeling depleted, with little time or energy to tend to her own needs, let alone explore matters of spirituality. She grappled with limiting beliefs that told her she didn't have the time or resources to prioritize her well-being and objections that whispered doubts about the effectiveness of spiritual practices in her life.

Her thoughts were full of:

"I'm not even going to get started because I don't think I have the time or energy to commit to it."

"I'm so emotionally drained from caregiving that I can't even think about spirituality right now. Maybe spiritual practices won't really help me feel better anyway."

"I want to deepen my connection to my spirituality, BUT I'm worried that I won't be able to maintain consistency in my practices."

Sound familiar? Keep reading….

Can we ever achieve spiritual wellness?

Despite these obstacles, Lucy, a Senior Freedom Club member refused to give up. Recognizing the toll that caregiving was taking on her mental, emotional, and spiritual health, she made a conscious decision to confront her limiting beliefs, objections, and challenging thoughts head-on. She sought support from fellow caregivers, researched different spiritual practices, and slowly began to integrate moments of reflection and mindfulness into her daily routine for only 5 minutes a day.

As Lucy delved deeper into her values and spiritual journey, she found moments of stillness and connection amidst the chaos of caregiving. She learned to let go of her own self-doubts, embracing the present moment with an open heart and mind. Sometimes a thought would pop into her head that was totally out of character. Something like, “Lucy, you never finish anything.” She told me she would stop and question the thought and ask, “Where did THAT come from?”

Emotionally, Lucy experienced a profound transformation. She no longer has feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion that once consumed her. Instead, she looks at her relationships with gratitude, her values for direction, and her sense of purpose for her strength. She no longer feels burdened by the weight of her caregiving responsibilities but instead approaches each day with a sense of purpose and gratitude. She feels more connected to herself, her loved ones, and something greater than herself.

This is the essence of spiritual wellness.

Where do you begin?

Let’s keep this simple and start with three ideas.

  1. Explore you own values. There are actually more than 50 human values or virtues that we have practiced through the ages. Which of these can you work on? Which do you already have obtained? Ben Franklin picked 13 values to work on throughout his life. Ultimately, he said, I have succeeded with 12. He could never get “humility” conquered.
  2. Become aware of how values change with your own life experience. What was your life at one time and where are you now? Have your relationships and new times changed your beliefs?

[One member told me she used to flirt all the time within her office. In fact, she said, it was nothing to have flirting occur but no one moved passed it to something more.” Her boss would tell her he liked her dress or her hair.” This made her feel good. Fifty years later, it’s not so good. It could be construed as sexual harassment. Maybe the boss's statement is out of line. Flirting is no longer tolerated. While she enjoyed it back then, she realizes it’s not so great today as it could be offensive.]

3. Develop integrity by acting in ways that are consistent with your values. Sometimes this is harder than we think. We want to “say something” but then we remember that we are “better than that”.

So, whether you are a senior or someone who cares for your aging parents like Lucy, we all want to feel connected to others but have own sense of purpose. Spiritual wellness gets us through the tough times. It makes us challenge those thoughts that say, “Oh, what’s the use?” And yes, it’s well worth it to keep this invisible guiding light in front of you at all times.

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  • About the Author

    Hi, I'm Suzanne. My passion is creating working knowledge to well-informed, well-prepared seniors and their families so they may enjoy the later years with health, wealth, and happiness, I've helped over 10,000 patients, seniors and their famlies like yourselves do just that through my courses, eBooks, the Senior Freedom Club™, and in my physician assistant medical practice.

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