Journaling is about more than just the “Dear Diary” format. There are a lot of different types of journals you might want to keep and some of them might give you some valuable help in the long run.
Lessons You’ve Learned.
Being a caregiver means that you’re constantly learning and growing from your experience. You might learn about new triggers for your senior’s health issues. You might learn a new way to manage something that has been a challenge for her. No matter what, you’re learning all the time. Keeping track of those lessons can help you to keep a reference tool handy.
Your Wins as a Caregiver.
Caregiving can sometimes feel as if you take one step forward and two steps back. But there are times you’re doing great. You just don’t always remember them because there’s another crisis around the bend. Start keeping track of your wins, both big and small. Then, when you’re feeling lost or defeated, look over your list.
A Gratitude List.
Gratitude is powerful and it can help you through all sorts of situations. You might want to start keeping a list of the different things about life you’re grateful for. You can do this in a variety of ways. Some people write a paragraph while others list one thing a day that they’re grateful for. Another way to do it is to list three to five items in your gratitude list that you want to focus on.
Things that Make You Happy.
When you’re feeling down and overwhelmed, sometimes it’s difficult to remember what makes you really happy. If you’re keeping a journal of happy thoughts, items, and lists, you’ve got a better handle on what can make you smile. You can also refer back to this list any time you need to pick yourself up.
What Happened Today.
Some illnesses and conditions require you to track them carefully for your elderly family member. You might want to start keeping a journal that tracks all the details of your day and your senior’s day. That way, when you need the information again, you’ve got it right there.
You might find that you keep a variety of these types or a combination that’s your own creation. The trick to journaling is that it needs to work for you and your situation. If it doesn’t, you might need to try something a little bit different.