Use a DIY Gratitude Calendar to Reduce Caregiver Stress

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Thinking of what you’re grateful for reduces stress

A quick and simple way to reduce caregiving stress is to keep a brief daily gratitude journal in a calendar format.

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.

A DIY gratitude calendar is an easy, quick, and free way to record the things you’re grateful for. It’s also a quick way to train your brain to notice positive things. When you focus on the good in your life, you’ll feel uplifted and less stressed.

We explain how a gratitude calendar works and how to quickly and easily create your own do-it-yourself version.



How a gratitude calendar works

Each day, write down something you’re grateful for in a dedicated calendar.

Space is limited to the calendar’s square of the day, which is what makes it so quick and easy – there’s no pressure to write a lot. This is a great option if a gratitude journal sounds interesting, but seems too time- or energy-consuming.

Using this calendar to only record what you’re grateful for also means that when you’re feeling down or stressed, you’ll be able to look through it and see all the positives in your life at a glance. That’s a sure way to boost your mood.


Create your own DIY gratitude calendar

All it takes to make a gratitude calendar is a basic calendar and a pen.

Use any calendar you already have, buy a calendar (we like this one for its relaxing tropical scenes), or print out a simple one for free.

To print your own calendar, we like this free online calendar creator because it’s free and simple to use.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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  • Reply August 25, 2018


    Looking for a 8.5×3.5, single sheet, calendar with all 12 months. Would need small area for my client to put his name and address.
    I wanna try Do you have another suggestion?

    • Reply August 27, 2018


      There are a variety of free calendar websites available where you can customize the options. You could also cut and paste into a document to DIY the format you’re interested in. I hope you’re able to find the right format for your client.

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