Journaling – Write it ALL Down

Young female is writing notes and planning her schedule.

Journaling has been a very important part of my life since I encountered this time in my life. I’ve had to keep track of all the food I eat and the symptoms experienced as a result of some foods. My pain levels. The medications I’ve been prescribed and how they have affected my recovery. How much sleep I’m getting. How do I feel emotionally and physically.

It is absolutely essential to journal especially if you are on a diet – you need to keep track of the foods/calories, water, and carbs you eat. When you exercise, it’s a good thing to keep a journal to help you keep track of how much exercise, the type of exercise being done, and the amount of time to do your exercises.

Same goes for when you have a health issue. It’s a good thing to keep a journal of your symptoms and their frequency, what medications you take and how they affect you or not, what food you eat and how it affects your symptoms, if you drink alcohol how it affects you, when you exercise how it affects your symptoms, how much sleep you get (this is a big one).

These are just a few of the things you should consider. But, let’s not just make this about health issues, let’s make it about you!

Are you getting enough sleep, if not, why not? You really should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If not and you have health issues, your body won’t have time to heal properly.

Do you have stomach issues – pain, empty feeling all the time, bloating/gas, abdominal pain, are you taking medication and if so is it affecting your stomach? If you have any stomach issues you need to see your doctor and get it attended to as soon as possible. Do not wait – your stomach is the gateway to your entire body and is one of the first signs there is something very wrong.

Do you get emotional easily, get angry, get anxious, light headed, headaches/migraines, have other pain – not stomach? Food and sleep are not the only things that affect our health, your psychological well being is just as important.

So when you journal, all of these things are important issues to consider writing about. It doesn’t matter if you don’t “think” they are important, they just are!

When to journal? I like to keep track all day, but if you are working, that’s not always possible. It would probably work better for you if you did it at night just before you go to bed. That way you can look back over your day and evaluate what has happened, why, and what you can do tomorrow to make it better (if necessary). You could also journal about the things you are thankful for.

How long to journal? As long as you need to. It’s not up to anyone other than yourself to keep your journal, that’s your decision.

Where to keep your journal? I’ve recently started journaling on my computer. It has an app that I share across all my devices – laptop, phone, and tablet, so it keeps them all up-to-date. It’s called Inkpad Notepad for those of you with Android and Windows. I do not know if it is available for Apple, but you could check it out on your iTunes App Store, or something similar, then you won’t have to carry anything extra around with you when you want to add information to your journal on your device/computer/phone.

Having this information available is quite handy when you need to give information to your doctor or you want to do some of your own research for your own health and well being.

I keep all types of information in my Inkpad Notepad – my daily journal, grocery lists, mileage log, items I want to discuss with my doctor, menus, etc. So it’s not just to journal. It’s a very handy tool to have available for everything.

Of course, you could also use a paper journal from Amazon Canada, or Amazon USA. Sometimes it’s just good to sit down and write. It might help to get a few things off of your mind and could be therapeutic in just that way. So do not discount the positive affect journalling will have on you.

Have a blessed day.