If you’ve ever tried keeping a journal, you might have found yourself feeling frustrated by not knowing what to write. But as a caregiver, just putting your feelings out there on the page can be hugely helpful in getting to the root of what’s actually going on. And that can make you a much better caregiver.
Consistency Is Most Important
As with most helpful tools, consistency is one of the biggest aspects of using that tool to its fullest. You’re going to need to journal regularly and review the breakthroughs you make. When you do find solutions, make sure you’re implementing them. Doing the work is great, but if you’re not implementing what you’re learning you’re only getting half the benefit.
Give up on Making it Flawless
Perfection is a big problem for caregivers. You want to do everything just right, because you love the person you’re caring for on a daily basis. Your journal is going to be a rough draft space, where you can work through issues and problems. It’s not going to be perfect. You may want to make it pretty or use a pretty notebook, but it does not have to be flawless. If this is a big roadblock for you, make some “mistakes” in there on purpose.
Be Honest with Yourself
This space is going to work its hardest for you when you’re as honest with yourself as possible. When you’re feeling frustrated, that’s the time to write and to be honest about what you’re experiencing. That’s going to help you to work through what’s going on, what your part is in the situation, and possibly help you to spot solutions.
Work through Possible Solutions
Where the journal really does its job is helping you to find possible solutions. So, if you’re finding that you’re expressing a lot of frustration in your journal and it tends to be around not having enough time and feeling overwhelmed with all of the tasks that help you to meet your senior’s needs, there are answers. One option is to hire senior care providers to help. You can take respite time and get assistance with necessary tasks, which can help to alleviate that frustration.
Understanding what keeping a journal can do for you is important so that you can make the most of it, both for yourself and for your elderly family member. Becoming a better or more efficient caregiver is about helping you to meet your senior’s needs more effectively.
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