Author: B. Lynn Goodwin
www.writeradvice.com

Reviewed By: Dotsie Bregel


Author B. Lynn Goodwin is the founder of the Web site for writers, www.WriterAdvice.com. Her expertise in writing and the time she\’s spent offering eldercare allowed her to write the perfect little workbook for those needing relief from too much time spent caregiving. Lynn recommends journaling as a form of stress and anxiety reduction.

Over fifty million caregivers spend their days and nights doing for others what they can no longer do for themselves. This often involves trips to the doctor, shopping, cleaning, bathing, dressing, cooking, managing finances, plus many other tasks once done by a loved one. Some leave their homes behind to tend, while others spend time flying across the country to do what they can possibly squeeze in during a weekend visit. This sounds stressful enough without wanting to write about it, but the author believes journaling can heal the spirit and enhance mental stability.

Lynn suggests beginning out slowly, reflecting on your mood at the moment and noting why you feel as you do. She then walks you through ways to express yourself with honesty and courage, informing you that the more you write, the better you feel and the more you understand your new role. Writing heals the heart and gives perspective on the responsibility of caregiving.

The gem in the book is when she shares over two hundred sentence starters to get you on your way, leaving room for journaling within the pages. Consider how you might finish the following:• No one knows I worry about…
• I hate it when people treat you…
• You used to be…
• Sometimes I care too much about…
• Because of you…
• Joy bubbles up when…If you find yourself caring for a loved one and needing some type of relief, I recommend starting with Lynn Goodwin\’s book as your aid. It\’s an inexpensive way to sort through your latest life-stage.

NABBW Contributing Author