June 30, 2017

8 steps to Writing and Caregiving: A Cathartic Combination

Writing and Caregiving: A Cathartic Combination
BY SARAH JANE  | 6.20.2017

....Even if writing isn’t your strong point, some techniques can be directly applied to caregiving. I’ve come to a few realizations throughout this journey, and I’d like to share them with you. The following list of tips on channeling creativity in writing was stolen from author Austin Kleon and adapted to pertain to caregiving.
1.   Writing and Caring Are Like Collage

2.   Read, Read, Read
Books are a vital source of inspiration for writers and caregivers alike. There are great books out there about caregiving, various health conditions, mindfulness, and staying organized. Seeking material and information from others provides you with a valuable springboard to help you fulfill your responsibilities. Some are about living with dementia, like “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out,” and others are about caring for people with the condition, like “Contented Dementia.” Then there are books, like “Being Mortal,” that never mention the “D word,” as Mum calls it. They talk about stuff that’s so interesting, useful and relevant, that you'd swear they were written with caring in mind.
3.   Keep a Swipe File
4.   Carry a Notebook and Pen 
5.   Step Away from the Screen (and Other Distractions)
6.   Don’t Wait Until You Know What You Think to Get Started
7.   Keep a Routine
8.   Write Something You Would Want to Read

Books on writing see:
  • Writing to heal the soul : transforming grief and loss through writing
  • Write through loss and grief : a guide to recovery through writing
  •  I want to write, but don't know where to start
  •  A life story
  • Love, life, loss a roller-coaster of poetry
  • Writing works : a resource handbook for therapeutic writing workshops and activities
  •  Remember when... : how to unlock your life story
  • Yesterday, today & tomorrow : a book of memories and reflections : a personal journal
  • Writing from life : trigger questions
  • Effective goal setting for writers
  • Writing your life story (but not necessarily your autobiography)
If you would like to receive one or more of these items please email the library onnsw.library@alzheimers.org.au 

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