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How to Make the Most of Your Journaling Experience

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elderly Care in Lehighton PA

Have you been a little intimidated at the idea of starting a journal? Sometimes family caregivers worry that they won't do it correctly or that they'll mess it up somehow. Try keeping some of these tips in mind to help you get the most out of journaling.

Set Aside Some Time

This can be the most challenging part of journaling for some family caregivers. You'll need to make sure that you have at least 10 to 15 minutes that you can spend in uninterrupted thought. Some family caregivers journal first thing in the morning before their elderly loved one gets up for the day while others journal before going to sleep at night. Yet another option is to wait until your loved one's elderly care providers arrive so that you're sure to have time to yourself.

Find a Quiet Location in Which to Write

You might find that it's easiest to write in your own bedroom, since you'll be assured of privacy, but there are other choices, too. You might want to take your journal with you to a park or on a coffee date with yourself, for example. The key is to find a location in which you can concentrate and get comfortable so that you can write in your journal.

Don't Get Too Uptight about the Process

Some beginning journalers worry about their handwriting being illegible or about the journal itself not being "right." None of this really matters. You can have scribbles all through your journal and it can still be incredibly effective for you. The best way to look at this is that it's a process and it won't be perfect. Give yourself permission to simply enjoy what you're doing and to not worry about how it looks.

Reflect Before You Write

It's a good idea before you begin writing to take some time to reflect. If you have a specific theme in your journal or you use prompts, this is a good time to really focus on what you're about to write. You may also want to go back to previous entries and see how much progress you've already made or revisit something from a previous entry. There's no wrong way to write in your journal.

Journaling regularly can help you to get the most out of the experience.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN LEHIGHTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.