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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:

  1. Create a current calendar with this simple free online calendar creator

  2. This free gratitude calendar template has a clean, simple design

  3. This 28-day “challenge” calendar has helpful prompts

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team

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