The answer to this question is simple: Yes!!
I’ve had people tell me, “At this time in my life, I just can’t afford the time to journal.” And my answer is often, “At this time in your life, you can’t afford not to journal!”
Keeping a journal can be therapeutic for a caregiver. It’s intensely personal. It’s not meant for anyone else to see. But – time and time again – I hear from those who’ve tried it that it helps them express their feelings, and serves as a relief valve for some of the built-up stress.
Journaling isn’t a drain on your time. Quite the contrary. While you’re doing it, it often slows down time, allowing you to put things into perspective. It doesn’t have to be done every day. But it should be done at least several times a week. And it doesn’t have to be done for an hour a day. Even 15-20 minutes will be helpful.
It enables you to deal with the guilt, anger, fear, frustration, resentment, and any other emotion. There are no bad emotions during this time. But there are emotions that can hurt you if you don’t deal with them.
There are no rules. Some people write to themselves. Others write to the disease… for example, saying how much it’s destroyed their plans and dreams, etc. Journaling helps to straighten out jumbled thoughts, and make things clearer.
Journaling should be only one part of your “program,” however. Talk to your friends and family. And consider joining a support group. This will help address your feelings of isolation – because, in that room, everyone knows what you’re going through.
This may be the hardest period of your life. But we can help.
At the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’re Elder Law attorneys. Over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Dementia Journey. And we’ve helped them prepare for the possibility of it, as well, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.
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