Becoming migraine and headache free is all about the journey. Along this journey, you will find that you will achieve many small victories, and these small pieces of the puzzle are what will allow you to break free when they all combine.
However, from personal experience, I know that in order to achieve these small victories at a much faster rate, it is absolutely essential to master the art of journaling.
So what is journaling?
Getting your thoughts on paper is simply a way to understand your body on a much deeper level, track patterns, voice your feelings, release emotions and delve deeper into what’s working for you and what’s not.
Journaling can take you from a place of frustration, confusion, and anxiety to a place of clarity, focus, and understanding.
Through daily journaling, you will take charge of your health and become a student of self as you discover on another level what it is your body needs in order to find balance again and heal.
Journaling ≠ a headache diary
I need to clarify, however, that journaling is not the same as a headache diary, which I am sure you would have been advised to keep in the past. In fact, it is the total opposite.
A headache diary is simply there to monitor how bad your headache feels throughout your day by rating it on a scale of one to ten and tracking what medication you took to treat it. This places your focus on pain and suffering, which is only going to keep you imprisoned in that sick mind. How can you ever break free from your pain if that’s all you are focusing on?
Why does journaling help?
Without journaling, it is possible to become easily frustrated. You will find that if you are experiencing a stumbling block in your journey, by writing down on paper what’s going on for you, you’ll actually be able to problem solve more effectively. And after all, becoming migraine-free is simply problem-solving, but on a much larger scale.
I cannot emphasize enough how crucial journaling has been for me for breaking free from my headaches, and personally, I wish I had discovered it at the beginning of my journey. If I had, the results would have been hugely different.
How to do it: the simple act of journaling
Ok, I hear you say, “I’m on board!… but how do I journal?” It is super simple and after a while, you will find your groove with it and with what works for you.
To get started, set aside 20 minutes a day to write in your journal, and find a time that works for you. For me, the morning was preferable as it’s a great way to start my day with focus and clarity.
Begin by noting the date and from there you are free to express yourself. When writing, forget punctuation and spelling – just write with no pressure. After all, you are the only one that’s going to see it.
You can write about your feelings, frustrations, victories, emotions, physical sensations, how you feel before and after a treatment, your highs, your lows and any patterns that may be emerging. The possibilities are truly endless.
Start becoming a student of the self. Enjoy the ride.