Journaling is something we recommend often for our coaching clients, therapist often recommended it for their patients as well.

I’m great at telling my clients to journal and not great at keeping up with my own personal practice of journaling. And for those of us with chronic health conditions it is probably one of the most important, yet daunting, tasks.

Conjuring up the energy and emotional stamina to journal is usually the hard part. You may not want to “rehash” the symptoms or frustrations of your last 24-48 hours because you are too tired or you want to just move on from it. Or you may be in the midst of some “good days” and naively think you are finally on the other side of all of this. To say the ups and downs are a roller coaster is generally an understatement, most would say.

But I’ve found with health issues usually comes a multitude of treatments and loads of trial and error. Various environmental, emotional, and food factors can absolutely effect ones daily living. Not to mention brain fog and poor memory are almost always a factor (so all the more reason to write things down). When we are exposed to new things, trying new treatments, or under new stress and our body or our health respond, it is important to keep track of this. Notice trends. What things are starting to be “exposed” as your triggers? Do you feel better always when on vacation? Do you feel better when you stop eating grains completely? Did you start taking curcumin on a regular, what have you noticed changed?

It is impossible to keep up with all of this without constant journaling. Can you make it a nightly 5 minute routine to write down how you feel, any symptoms you may have had and anything new or different in your daily life: diet, stress, or treatment? If you do, you may be on your way to unlocking some of your personal triggers or keys to just feeling better.

 

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