Home Care in Greens Farms CT
As a family caregiver, giving thanks for your blessings can help you to find your way through some dark times. One way to do this is with a gratitude journal that you can go back and look through whenever you need a boost. Sometimes a gratitude journal doesn't seem to be working the way that you thought it would, however.
Really Make an Effort
Sometimes people start a gratitude journal because they think that they should. They jot down a few things they're grateful for and when they don't see any changes after that first or second quick list, they shove the journal in a drawer. Really commit to keeping your gratitude journal and make the time that you spend with it a sacred time. The more effort you put in, the more you'll get from the experience.
Go Into Detail about One Thing
When you're stressed, you might not find it easy to come up with several items to list in your gratitude journal. Not a problem. Spend five minutes or so writing out in detail why you're grateful for that one thing, person, or aspect of your life. Really delve into what makes that a positive part of your life. You may be surprised at what you're able to uncover.
Get as Personal as Possible
Often gratitude journals are a collection of things. Try instead making yours about the people who help you the most or the situations that you're grateful for the most. For example, maybe you're grateful one week for the home care provider who sits with your loved one while you're able to go to your support group meetings. That's something you can be very specific and very personal about.
Try Removing Blessings
When it's tough to come up with something to feel grateful for, try removing something from your life and imagining how that would affect you. For example, you may not think much about your car. Say it's getting up there and it's not the most stylish thing you own. But it's reliable and you can get where you need to go. So try to imagine your life without it. Now something that maybe you weren't all that excited about shows you how much of a blessing it is in your life.
Another mistake that people make with gratitude journals is that they think they have to write every day or twice a day in their journals. Try easing into it instead. Start out writing in your gratitude journal once a week, then work up to a few times a week. That may be all you can do with your schedule or you may find yourself wanting to write in it more often. By not forcing yourself to write more often, you unconsciously give yourself more of a choice.
If you haven't already tried a gratitude journal, give it a try.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Greens Farms, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.