How a Self-Care Journal Can Help A Loved One Who is Aging

Self-Care is vital at any and every age. And, everyone wins when an individual is intentional about their habits related to health and happiness.

As a Certified Caregiving Consultant, I often advise my clients to encourage their loved ones to do as much for themselves as possible. While some activities may be easier for the caregiver to perform, having the aging individual do them requires them to physically move, problem-solve, and interact with others – all critical skills to maintain as they age.

Another way to keep personal wellbeing top of mind is to adopt a daily journaling ritual.

My personal experiences caring for my aging parents and mother-in-law inspired me to write the Just for You: A Daily Self-Care Journal. 

My intention for creating this journal was to provide a simple solution to prioritize daily self-care. I personally love journals and have found writing to be so cathartic. I realized when I am more transparent with my thoughts and feelings, I see myself more clearly.

The Just for You journal is a great start for anyone who is new to journaling, including seniors. Journaling provides many benefits for our aging loved ones.

Benefits of Journaling for Seniors

  • Creative Outlet - Journaling boosts creativity. Use colored pencils and markers to doodle, color in the images, and personalize the pages. 
  • Keepsake – Each of the journaling prompts helps uncover something about the writer including their dreams, values, favorite items, and the important moments in their lives. These daily writings (in their loved one’s handwriting) will be treasured by future generations.
  • Stress Relief – Many mental health counselors encourage keeping a journal because it provides time and space to process and share our thoughts.
  • Brain & Motor Skills – The act of physically writing and drawing helps keep our brains sharp and improves hand eye coordination. Writing also requires remembering events, concentrating on a single task, and recalling words. Journaling is great exercise for our brains and our hands.
  • Routine – Incorporating a daily journaling habit first thing in the morning or before bed can be an enjoyable daily routine.

A few of the other advantages of journaling is that the materials are inexpensive, mobile and don’t require much storage space. All important factors for seniors who may be considering downsizing or are already living in a small space.

Elizabeth B. Miller is the founder of HappyHealthyCaregiver.com. Through her consulting services, podcast, book and online community, Elizabeth helps family caregivers integrate caregiving and self-care with their busy lives. 

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