Journal writing is an excellent resource to help manage the challenges of caring for a loved one. There are many studies that discuss the benefits but here is one that sums it up as it relates to the needs of caregivers:
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center Journaling for Mental Health:
One of the ways to deal with any overwhelming emotion is to find a healthy outlet in which to express yourself, which makes a journal a helpful tool in managing your mental health.
Journaling can help:
• Manage anxiety
• Reduce stress
• Cope with depression
Journaling helps control your symptoms and improve your mood by:
• Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
• Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
• Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors
When you have a problem and you’re stressed, keeping a journal can help you identify what’s causing that stress or anxiety. Then, once you’ve identified your stressors, you can work on a plan to resolve the problems and, in turn, reduce stress.
Keep in mind that journaling is just one aspect of a healthy lifestyle for better managing stress, anxiety, and mental health conditions.
To get the most benefits, be sure you also:
• Relax and meditate each day.
• Eat a nutritious, balanced diet.
• Exercise regularly—get in some activity every day.
• Treat yourself to plenty of sleep each night.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Lori knows how hard it can be to find time for these last 5 bullets but in her classes and workshops, you learn how to make the time and how to say goodbye to the guilt that holds you back and give yourself permission to add self-care to your day.
Using the Journal to the Self © techniques taught by Lori take journal writing to a new level. Lori’s classes and workshops are designed to help caregivers find solutions to the everyday challenges they face while caring for a loved one.