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It is my great honor to announce that your entry: Joy-Full Journaling for the Caregiver’s Spirit has been awarded a 2016 Caregiver Friendly® award in the Book category. This award signifies that you and your organization understand the value of supporting family caregivers and have created something that not only helps a caregiver care for their loved ones but also improves his or her quality of life in the process. On behalf of caregivers everywhere, please accept our sincere appreciation for your quality work and congratulations on receiving Today’s Caregiver Magazine’s 2016 Caregiver Friendly® award.

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Meltdown

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Meltdown

Be strong. How many times have you heard that? What if you don’t want to be strong for a little while and you just want to be human? I remember going through some real tough stuff and one too many people told me to “be strong.” That’s when I knew I needed to have my meltdown; and I did.

It wasn’t pretty either. There was yelling (at friends I adored); there was crying (more like sobbing), and then there were the “you don’t understand because you have it better than me” accusations. My (true) friends forgave me because I was under more stress than one person could bear, and I felt all alone. Then something interesting happened. Read More

3 Clues You Need a Time Out



3 Clues You Need a Time Out

Sometimes when you are in the midst of your caregiving activities, you don’t realize when you need a break. To you, stress is becoming the norm and it’s just another day like the one before it. Your friends and family members will see it and maybe even say it to you, but you probably won’t see it for yourself. Or worse, you won’t admit it to yourself or anyone else either for that matter.

Clue Number One

 You feel fatigued all the time. Chances are if your elder can’t get out too much, neither can you. Shortage of fresh air and sunshine is a straight path to illness, disease and lack of important Vitamin D. Read More

Joy Journaling Exercise Practice One

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 The Tools of the Trade – While this may sound simplistic, it is and it’s not. The first thing, and the most important in my humble opinion, is to bless yourself with the right tools for journaling. Take a trip to your favorite bookstore and buy yourself a special notebook, diary or journal, and buy yourself a pen that has some meaning or feeling behind it, as well. Maybe something with an inspirational saying.

It could be your favorite color or have a design with your favorite affirmation on it. Whatever it is that makes you happy and feel joyful – that is the right tool for the job. Take your time in picking out your journal and pen. The way you feel when you hold your pen and take out your journal is an important connection. Read More

Living in the Moment: What the Heck Does That Mean?

Living in the Moment: What the Heck Does that Really Mean???

I always crinkled my nose and furrowed my brow when I heard that you have to “Live in the Moment.” What does that mean? Like, now, in this moment I am stressed! Who wants to live in that? My mom (who, of course lives with me and I am her caregiver) is in the hospital. She had a small seizure and some other issues. She will be coming home – good news, for sure. However, I don’t know what I’m up against. I have questions. Read More

Joy Journaling Exercise: Practice Two



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 A Smile in the Morning and a Prayer at Night – No matter what time of day or night you choose to journal, make certain that it starts with a short, simple prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude for the experience you are about to have – for letting go of what is in your head – allowing you to live from your heart.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phillipians 4:6, NKJV)

 It could be a prayer of praise to God for giving you the tools and the resources to release some of the stress that comes with being a caregiver – this stress, by the way, is something we are all familiar with and you are not alone in this.

Try this: If you cannot think of a prayer, try something like this: “Dear God, thank you for the gift of grace you are offering me in this moment as I release the toxins from my body and from my mind by putting down my cares onto this paper. I honor and glorify you for giving me the gift of  release.”

 “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, NKJV)



Joy Journaling: Practice Exercise Three



Joy Journaling: Practice Exercise Three

 Just Breathe – Sometimes when I heard the phrase “Just Breathe” I’d get annoyed. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and people telling me to “just breathe” made it worse. But, I came to realize that this was some of the simplest and best advice yet.

For starters, I want you to notice how you hold your breath – yes, literally. If you are like any other stressed out individual, you are holding your stomach tightly, mouth closed, lips pursed, and maybe even teeth clenched. You may even notice your shoulders up way too close to your ears. I first started to notice the habit of grinding my teeth in the middle of the night and even woke myself up on an occasion or two doing so. Read More

How Caregivers can Indulge in Self-Care

hands-718561_1280As a caregiver of aging parents, I mistakenly thought that I had to put everyone else’s needs above and before my own. How then, could I truly be a generously giving caregiver when I was not first meeting my own needs? Do you notice something about this verse? It states to love thy neighbor as thyself. For so many years, I had misinterpreted that until God put something inside my head and inside my heart. It says to love your neighbor “as” thyself, not to love your neighbor before or better than yourself! It may seem that loving your neighbor is the first instruction; however, it is in alignment with self-love. Read More