Keeping a journal is a tradition that has largely fallen by the wayside in our society today. With all of our electronic gadgets, taking the time to sit down and write seems to be a waste. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Keeping a journal has a number of benefits for seniors. Here are 5 of them.
Help reduce stress
There is something cathartic about writing about each day’s experiences. This is especially true if you have had a rough day. Rather than sitting around thinking about how many things went wrong, take the time to write about them. Write about how they made you feel, and what you think your next course of action should be. This helps release pent-up emotions, and will make it easier for you to sleep at night instead of dwelling on things that happened.
Monitor and manage goals
It’s easy to forget about your goals for yourself. Even as a senior—or, some people would say, especially as a senior—life can be very busy. Between all the hubbub and hullabaloo of your daily activities, it’s easy for goals to fall through the cracks and be forgotten. If you keep a journal, however, this won’t happen. You will memorialize your goals and have a way to glance back over them from time to time. This, in turn, will help keep you on the track to achieving those goals.
Preserve your memories for future generations
As a senior, you have an entire lifetime worth of memories in your head. When the grandkids are visiting, you may keep forgetting to recount a particularly amusing thing that happened to you once. Or, maybe you want to impart words of wisdom to your progeny, but you don’t feel they are quite ready for it yet. Either way, writing these things down will help. You can scan your journals when you want to ensure you haven’t forgotten to tell them something, or you can leave them to your kids and grandkids to explore as part of your legacy.
Help keep memory loss at bay
You probably already know that using your mind regularly helps slow the onset of dementia. That’s why it is important to keep reading and writing as you age. By keeping a journal you will not only be preserving memories—you’ll also be preserving your memory! That’s a great reason to start writing today.
Help you unwind at the end of the day
Some people watch TV before they turn in because it helps them relax and unwind. You can do one better: spend 30 minutes writing in a journal at the end of the day. It will help you ease into a more quiet and relaxed state. You’ll find that you’re sleeping better and waking feeling more refreshed.
At the Cottages in Birmingham, we work hard to help ensure that seniors have a full and enjoyable time during their golden years. If you have any questions on keeping a journal or any other senior matter, please feel free to contact us.