Reduce stress through gratitude
A quick and simple way to reduce caregiving stress is to keep a brief daily gratitude journal.
Gratitude reduces caregiver stress because it reminds you to look for the positives in life, even when things are really tough. That simple act helps you get a different perspective and remember that not everything is completely horrible.
Studies show that practicing gratitude can make you happier, lower stress, protect you from depression, help you sleep better, boost your immune system, and improve your relationships.
Create your own gratitude calendar
Each day, write down something you’re grateful for in a calendar. You can buy a calendar or make one yourself.
We like this online calendar because you can customize and print it for free. The limited space forces you to be brief, which is great for those who want to try a gratitude journal, but don’t want to feel the pressure to write a lot.
Having a printed calendar is also a nice way to look at the whole month and see all the things you’ve been thankful for at a glance. If you keep all your monthly calendars, soon you’ll be able to look back over the months and reflect on all the good things that have brightened your days.
How to print your own calendar for free
We like using Calendars That Work for creating customized printable calendars. The Sample Calendars section lets you download free calendars for the current month and the next month.
Visit the site every 2 months to download new monthly calendars. Or, sign up to get them delivered monthly via email for free. Downloading the next 12 months all at once costs $22.
Customize your calendar
There are several options you can choose to format your calendar before you download it.
- Landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical)
- Add U.S. or Canadian holidays
- Week begins on which day
- Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch
You can always customize the calendar more after you download it – like making it larger.
The free monthly landscape calendar download button and options
Using a gratitude calendar is an easy way to remember the small and big things you’re grateful for.
It’s also a quick way to train your brain to notice positive things. When you focus your thoughts on the good in your life, you’ll feel lighter and less stressed.
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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