Writing is a way to find your voice

When you’re taking care of someone else, so much of your life becomes about them.Sometimes it can feel like you’ve forgotten who you are anymore. Writing is a way to reconnect with you — what you’re experiencing, your opinions, your passions, your hopes.

Writing out your experience lightens the load

It can get so loud in your head. The volume on the cynical dial is turned up so high your neighbors are knocking. Everything feels dark, scary and confusing when it’s all kept inside. Writing is a way to relieve you of the mental burden of worry, anxiety, anger, and other exhausting emotions. When we keep our scariest thoughts locked upstairs, it’s no wonder we feel alone. Getting them out on the page, sharing them with someone, takes away some power of the thought. Writing releases you from thoughts moving in torturous circles.

It helps others to read your experience

We never know how our experience can benefit another. Often your story provides a reader with a relief from his/her thoughts. Your story helps the reader feel “apart of,” rather than “apart from.” Sometimes it’s just nice to know that we’re not the only ones going through this. The ways you cope and care might be new techniques to another caregiver. And you might learn from others by reading their experience too.

It’s a great way to meet people

Writing about the things that interest you and what’s going on in your life is a great way to connect with other people who share those interests and experiences. Every piece you write is the chance to start a dialogue with other caregivers. Many friendships had their first spark in the comments of a blog post.

A response from another caregiver makes you feel less alone

There is almost nothing as healing as hearing the words “me too.” Shame, guilt, and worry can leave you feeling so alone. But when someone else shares that they are going through the same thing, you’re part of a team. The pain of feeling different is lifted. Don’t worry, another caregiver knows what you’re going through.

We’re always looking for guest authors to share their caregiving story. If you’re interested, please consider writing for us!

About Alexandra Axel

Alexandra Axel was the first founding staff member at The Caregiver Space. As a New York native, Allie grew up people-watching and story-collecting, eventually pursuing her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey in sociology and creative writing. At The Caregiver Space, she worked with social media, graphic design, blogging, and program development to brand and grow an online community composed of, and focused on, caregivers. From the seedlings of an idea to the thriving community that it is today, Allie was there from the beginning to support the evolution of The Caregiver Space.

Allie enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, devouring books, biking, crafting, urban agriculture and imperfectly cooking. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her pup, Hen.