I know journaling is not for everyone. I also know finding time to journal as a caregiver can be daunting. That being said, I am still going to point out the joys of journaling.
I think of journaling like a trusted friend - one you can let your 'hair' down and write what is bubbling up. No judgment. I also love to use it for gratitude - a wonderful place to focus on the end of your day on what went RIGHT vs. focusing on what may have gone wrong—a lovely way to go to sleep at night.
I started a practice back then that I continue today; I keep a gratitude journal and every day I write down at least five things that I am grateful for first thing in the morning. It helps set the tone for my day to walk in with grace rather than…oh gosh, today I’ve got to…….”.
Fall brings on a sense of change and is a time of year that I look forward to. I am in awe of the colors changing, and the temperatures getting cooler gives me a nudge to turn inwards. A time of reflection and the ability to clear out what is no longer serving me.
It is crucial to be kind to yourself, especially now. Remember the good things that you've done throughout the day, say thank you when you pass the mirror and don't let yourself go to bed with negative thoughts.
As we embark on a new year, perhaps this is an opportunity to open ourselves to new possibilities.
Try being kind and gentle to yourself even in the toughest times and support that through a practice of gratitude.
The call just came in from a dear friend. “Cyndi, Mom has just been rushed to the hospital.” News that breaks my heart as I know it’s the next chapter of a journey for her and her family filled with many ups and downs. Her Mom had was previously diagnosed with dementia, but unfortunately, things have taken a quick turn for the worse.
Something tells me that when you read the title of this blog many of you said…”Yeah right”.
Today is the three year anniversary of my Mom passing away, and as I type the tears well up.