Noticing 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 trains your brain to keep noticing positive things.
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. And 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 calendar that’s only used for gratitude.
Since it’s a calendar, space will be limited. That’s 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.
How to create your own DIY gratitude calendar
All it takes to make a gratitude calendar is a basic calendar and something to write with.
Use any calendar you already have, buy a calendar (we like this one for its amazing nature scenes), or print out a simple one for free.
A few free calendar templates:
- Create a current calendar with this simple free online calendar creator
- This free gratitude calendar template has a clean, simple design
- This 30-day list-style calendar keeps a daily record of what you’re thankful for
Recommended for you:
- How the Positive Effects of Gratitude Reduce Caregiver Stress
- 25 Quick Journal Prompts That Reduce Caregiver Stress and Improve Health
- Caring for the Caregiver: 6 Ways to Get Help and Improve Your Health
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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