Reduce Caregiver Stress with a DIY Gratitude Calendar

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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 more 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 (browse calendars here), or print out a simple one for free.

A few free gratitude calendar templates:


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team


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  • Reply February 5, 2021

    june fyfe

    These tips are all very good but my sister is living 36 miles from me and on her own. she does have a carer twice a day, but forgets whenever she leaves and is instantly lonely so walks about her house all day and thinks the only way for help is to phone. This has been going on for over a year and she was coping with it until lockdown. her family have done everything they can including putting in a screen to check she is ok, but she still feels lonely. I have tried to get her to write what we speak of or watch a tv show at the same time and even ask her to look out photos to bring back old memories, but she shrugs all this off. I have to stop answering every call as I find I get angry as I am older than her but so lucky to have lots of hobbies. Why cant she write or just watch TVv? june Fyfe

  • 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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