REDUCE CAREGIVER STRESS – GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Gratitude – feeling thankful and appreciative.

In the life of a caregiver it might be hard to see where gratitude may come in, but gratitude is an attitude. And the caregiver with a positive attitude will greatly influence the person they are caring for.

When it is sometimes hard to see the positives in life, writing them down will make the person much more aware of all the good around them. And being more grateful will reap benefits for the caregiver, as well as the person they care for.

Research proves that using a Gratitude Journal will:

§  Help you get better sleep

§  Improve your immune system

§  Increase your happiness

§  Increase your mindfulness

§  Help you focus on others instead of yourself

 

Putting your feelings into words makes you more aware, and for the caregiver the best blessing to come from a gratitude journal may be the increase in mindfulness. Being mindful is the hallmark of great caregiving. When we multi-task we cannot be mindful. Being mindful is being in the moment, totally aware and reflective about what you see, hear, touch, all your senses. Being mindful is being non-judgmental and neutral in your observations, making you not only a great caregiver but even more aware of things to be grateful for.

 

When you are writing a gratitude journal throw away the rules. Spelling and grammar doesn’t matter, worrying about your spelling will just inhibit your thinking.  There are many gratitude journals available, but all you really need is a notebook. Some experts tell you to write every night, research says; it doesn’t matter what time of day you write, how many times a week you write, how many things you need to be grateful for, there are no rules to experience the benefits of just being grateful.

 

Virginia Garberding RN

Certified in Gerontology and Restorative Nursing

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