“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Sorn Kierkegaard
As the calendar year comes to a close, you might be reflecting on the past twelve months. It is natural to look back at this time of year. Holidays can trigger memories dating back to our childhoods.
This time of year can be challenging for caregivers. Aside from the logistical obstacles, such as having your loved one at family dinners or arranging transportation to different events, the holidays can trigger emotions. You might be looking back on years past and notice how different your dynamic is with your care partner this year. Maybe your loved one is unable to participate in festivities and you’re mourning the loss of their presence. Or perhaps you’re just exhausted from a trying year.
Taking time away from the hustle and bustle of events to reflect on how you’re doing is incredibly important. If you’re having a hard time, be kind to yourself. Take some time alone and use these journal writing prompts to get grounded.
What were the highlights of this past year? What were the lowlights?
How am I different this year? How am I the same?
What am I proud of myself for? What can I work on?
Am I taking care of myself as well as I could be? Are there ways I could access more support for myself or my loved one?
What am I looking forward to in 2018?
How do you reflect on past years? We’d love to hear from you!
Cassandra Van Dyck