We all know that journaling helps with emotional health. It’s good to write down your feelings, getting in touch with your deepest, most private self. And while we agree that journaling inspires our emotional well-being, we believe journaling can also improve physical well-being.
If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in certain parts of your body, journaling is an effective way to maintain a record of these concerns. When it’s time to see a medical professional, you can provide the key to your physical problems by sharing your journal.
Doctors have an easier time diagnosing a patient’s health issues with a medical “record” already in place. You can participate in finding the best treatment and understanding the changes in your body. Your journal allows you the opportunity to actively participate in your own health and healing.
Never thought about keeping a Wellness Journal? It’s common for people to keep a food journal when first beginning a diet or a fitness journal to document exercise habits and routines. These journals track the good and bad days, helping individuals find balance. It makes it easier to analyze why certain times of the day cause cravings or produce exhaustion. You begin to see a pattern developing, and that’s where you can tweak what’s not working, fine-tuning a plan for success.
A wellness journal works the same way. Before the doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure last year, I couldn’t figure out why I continually suffered from severe headaches at certain times of the day. I started keeping a journal of the days I had headaches, making notes on activities, foods, other body aches, and stressors. It didn’t take long to notice a pattern: my most stress filled days provoked major migraines and strenuous exercise left me nauseous and dizzy. Every question my doctor asked I was able to easily answer because of my journaling. She didn’t even hesitate before offering her diagnosis. Once I started the medication, I noticed immediate changes.
Why not give a try? There are a variety of choices for choosing a journal. You can use a day planner or calendar, a small notebook to carry around with you, an actual fitness journal, a diary, or a plain journal with or without lines. These days everyone carries journals—bookstores, gift shops, office supply stores, and specialty stores. And of course, you have the option of creating an online journal, which can be (personal or private) or a journal on your personal computer. Start writing your way to better health.