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9 ways a notebook/journal can support your care-giving journey- Empowered Care taking

Hey Wonderful Soul! These tips are geared towards my fellow caregivers out there, but most of them could be used by anyone. Here are 9 ways to use a journal/notebook to support your care-giving journey.

  1. Vent, it’s perfectly ok to spew out your frustrations. Especially if you don’t feel you have anyone who get’s it.. sometimes just getting it out of your head helps one feel calmer.
  2. Gratitude, sometimes finding that gratitude will feel like an excavation. Try and express it anyways.. One thing in depth, a list of 2-5 things, doodle it (maybe it’s that cup of… or the sun-shining or a good day for your loved one)
  3. Doodle, you DO NOT have to have any (like zero, zilch) drawing skills to doodle. Just create spirals, draw bits from your day to day (remember embrace imperfection here)
  4. Write your favorite quotes or song lyrics
  5. Write down your wins from that day or week. (and they can be seemingly tiny)
  6. Make a list of what things you need to do, want to look into, follow up on.
  7. Track your loved ones symptoms, behaviors etc..
  8. Make a list of self care actions you can take. (even in a few minutes a day, deep breaths, music, gratitude, creativity etc..)
  9. Glue in pictures, images from magazines, words you are drawn to.. this is a space, budget and time friendly way to engage in creativity on the regular.

I will leave the list at that for this post, though I could probably go on!

Essentially you really can’t do the journal/notebook thing wrong.  Choose one or a few ideas that you are drawn to and start there. It also doesn’t need to be anything fancy… The journal can be a composition notebook, spiral bound “cheap” one, pretty journal, blank book.. anything goes!

Here is to living and caring with intention

Heather

Empowered Caregiver

5 Ways to support a caregiver – Empowered Caregiver

Hey Beautiful Souls!

There will be some things shifting with my blog and work as head towards 2020. One of those things is I will be posting on caregiver stuff (self- care, hacks, resources my family and i have found helpful)

Today is the first of that, I am calling the category… Empowered Caregiver, as I do believe that is what most of us truly want if we are in that role. I am a co-caregiver. One of my sisters is her Full time Caregiver, and I am the multiple time week support, respite, advocate and researcher for our Step Mom.

If you know someone who is a caregiver here are 5 ways to help them out today. It’s such an underappreciated and misunderstood role that a huge amount of people are doing.

  1. Simply reach out, a text, card, email, call are always appreciated. Do be understanding that depending on the season of the care-giving role they might not be able to respond fast, but it IS appreciated.
  2. Listen, let them vent, celebrate, process. Just be a listening ear.
  3. Offer to pitch in! They might not be able to hand over care to you, but you can pitch in many other ways.  Ask what support they need, help around the house, offer to pitch in for chores or cook a meal, run an errand.
  4. Go hang out, so your friend or loved one can’t get out of the house much? Go to them.. have coffee or tea, do something creative together, watch a favorite show or movie.
  5. Help them research or find resources locally. For respite, services, household stuff. There are often those things they really need or want to do, but simply don’t have the cycles for

Here is to living and caring with intention

Heather