The most important thing to remember is that you should express what’s in your heart and on your mind. Don’t hold back because this is your time and space.
If you’re interested in journaling, it’s easy to get started:
2. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Let your thoughts flow using many words, a few, a list or even doodles, photos and found objects. No one is grading you or looking over your shoulder so don’t get caught up in perfection.
3. Dedicate: at least 10 minutes per day to journaling to gain the most from the experience. Some do it early morning to before going to sleep at night.
Caregivers tend not to focus on themselves, leadning to your goals, aspirations and dreams.
Most people intend to go with the flow of the day, see where it takes you. While most caregivers feel they need to be in “control” of their loved ones. Here are some quotes that may help you realize letting go will set you free of some stress you maybe holding on to, life is meant to be enjoyed so why are we scheduling every minute of our days- sit back-relax & go with the flow. Try it.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao-Tzu
“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Chuang Tzu
Tip of the Week: Positive Affirmations
Its funny in the world today we are all told to be kind to others but not oftern enough are we kind to ourselves.
Give yourself a few words of encouragement every day. When you get stuck saying only negative things to yourself, you’re going to feel negative and that contributes to your stress. By reminding yourself that you are talented, hard working, and smart, you’ll be more capable to handle the hard times without feeling overwhelmed.
Not sure what to do next time someone you love is going in or coming out of the hospital? We all want to be useful but most times family members like to be alone at this difficult time.
Try this thoughtful and practical bag, set along with your well wishes when visiting.
Here are a few suggestions to include in an insulated care package for the hospital:
-a re-usable cold pack
-water, soda or tea of his/her preference
-individual packaged nuts
-individual packaged dried fruit
-apples or bananas
-small pad of paper and pen (for writing questions and notes for the doctor)
-toonies for the vending machine or parking fees
-reading materials of his/her preference
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.