We often discuss maintaining a migraine diary to track patterns and give us data to work well with our doctors. A good and accurate migraine diary is an essential element of migraine management.
There's a second type of journaling that can be exceedingly helpful for all of us living with migraine disease — life journaling to remain hopeful and whole. If we're not careful, migraine can steal our hope, and that hope is essential to many aspects of living with migraine. Hope is essential to good treatment outcomes and our quality of life — and it's essential to keeping ourselves whole mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
You can talk about anything in your life journal. I've been doing this type of journaling for a few years now, and it's been exceptionally helpful. I write about both the good and bad, the pretty and the ugly. I write when I feel hopeless and hopeful. One type of entry that I've found especially helpful in maintaining hope and a healthy perspective is a daily gratitude entry. There's never a day bad enough that I can't think of something for which I'm grateful. It may be my husband, my job, a family member, my wonderful extended migraine family, or something as simple as having a roof over my head. Whatever it i