One of the greatest things my dad taught me to do was to journal. I keep one journal in which I call the “one liner.” At the top of each page is the date and on the right column is the year. Each day I write about one to three lines of what occurred on that particular day. I do this every day no matter what. It takes roughly two minutes tops. I’ll give you an example from my “one liner journal” so you get the idea.
2012: Rest, 37 weeks pregnant!!!, watched the movie “One Day” (the book was better)
2013: yoga, pain dr app (not happy about it) Kayci and I played in the waiting room forever,
food shopping, pharmacy, bad night
2014: Freezing outside, worked out with Kayci (she danced for an hour straight as I did a
video, juice, Penguins play, yoga nidra meditation, visited neighbor, one blog post,
made dinner, relaxing night, read for 2 hours!!
Oh, how much can change in a year!!! I cannot believe how unhappy I was last year at this time. Every week I was at the doctor’s office, once again looking for a cure for my chronic pain. If I could I would show you each day for two months straight so you could see the difference a year can truly make. Once again, looking for that cure to my chronic pain not only made my pain worse but it took away any time to do the things that help me manage my pain without treatment. I am so happy I got myself back on the right track. I still struggle and there are still days that I write in my journal: this day sucked! But, on the grand scheme of things I am in a completely different place.
I am so grateful that I keep this journal. It shows me how bad things can be and how great things can be. I encourage anyone (with or without an invisible illness) to keep a “one liner journal.) I did it while I was suffering and being able to see that every day keeps me going in the right direction. It is perfectly okay to not be okay, just do not lose hope that things can and will get better.