There’s a lot of stress and emotional baggage involved in being a caregiver. One of the tools that can help you to dig through those emotions is journaling. Here’s how you can tackle the project.
This Isn’t about Doing Anything Right or Wrong
So often people worry about journaling “wrong”, so they don’t even start. So it’s important to get that thought out of your head if you can. You don’t have to do anything perfectly. In fact, doing things imperfectly can get you big results. What doesn’t get you results is doing nothing at all, so you need to at least get started.
Consistency Is Important
What’s way more important than doing it right is journaling consistently. Especially when you’re journaling for your emotional well-being, you need to be writing every day about what’s going on wit you. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day, just five minutes at the end of every day can be what you need to get your feelings on paper.
Let Yourself Write Anything Down
If you’re censoring your thoughts, that’s not going to help you. You need to give yourself the permission to write your honest, genuine feelings down as they come to you. You might feel upset about them later, but if you’re being honest, that’s what you need. Hiding your emotions isn’t going to help you to work through them.
Go Back to What You’ve Written
As embarrassing as it can feel, you need to periodically review what you’ve written. Go back over past entries. You might feel differently about what happened later, but you need to understand what your feelings were in the moment. Set aside some time to do this regularly. You’ll learn more than you think from doing this.
This is something you need to stick with for longer than a week or two in order to get the most benefits. You will get deeper and deeper into some of your most difficult emotions and you’ll figure out what helps you the most. Give yourself that time that you need to get to the results you want.
Your journal can do a lot for you if you let it. Make sure that you feel secure about where you’re keeping your words, though. If you’re worried about someone finding your journal and that’s keeping you from writing, try using a password-protected file on your computer.
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If you or an aging loved-one is considering a Caregiver in Jasper County, MO please contact the caring staff at Adelmo Family Care today at (417) 206-4576.