Most of us are jotting down notes all the time: grocery lists, to-do reminders, appointments, meetings, events…the list goes on and on. If you’re a family caregiver, you’ve got even more reasons for writing, as you manage another person’s life in addition to your own.
Journaling for caregivers is a great way to keep everything together in one concise location. Yet we recommend taking it a step further by utilizing two journals for two distinct purposes that are equally important to your caregiving role.
The Organization Journal
This type of journal is a great tool for keeping everything related to a senior family member’s health and wellbeing together. Include:
Bring the journal with you to each medical appointment so you always have the information you need at your fingertips.
The Venting Journal
Taking care of your mental health is vital to providing the best care for someone you love. A private journal just for venting your thoughts and feelings can be extremely helpful, as research shows that writing down our experiences reduces our risk for depression. This journal is for your eyes only. There’s no right or wrong approach to what or how you write, but these suggestions can help:
There are several different methods to keeping journals; choose what works best for you!
Amy’s Helping Hands is here to help with award-winning elder care in Windsor, Ontario and the surrounding areas that allows you as much time as you need to spend in journal writing and any other activities you enjoy that help restore and refresh you. Contact us at 519-915-4370 to learn more.