Without good health it can seem like everything is going wrong but this will allow you to focus on both the good and the bad, to track what is going on in your body, and allow you to see patterns based on what you eat and how active you are. Simply looking at your ailments for the day and reflecting on your schedule and nutrition the day prior may help you see what aggravates your system versus what helps contribute to having a good day.
There are ten main components the Wellness Journal features and I would love to explain what they are and the benefits of why I included them. I really tried to keep everything as simple as possible yet thorough.
There is an affirmation at the top of the page to help you stay positive about your health and well-being. I find saying this aloud or simply reading it to yourself can be a powerful reminder that healing is possible.
Striving for goals when you don't feel good and can't depend on your body from day to day can be extremely challenging! These don't have to be massive life goals, it could simply be to track your symptoms and use the journal for 28 days straight and that alone will help you get a clear picture of what your health really looks like over the course of a month.
You can get super creative with colors, textures, and symbols to represent how you are feeling. I don't use this feature every single day but I think it is good to do at least once a week and anytime a new pain or problem arises.
Mental & Physical Symptoms
I created the symptoms on a scale of 0-10 because circling 0 can help you feel more grateful that you don't have those issues going on! There is a pretty complete list of symptoms and also a couple blank slots you can fill it in if your issue isn't on the list.
I added a meal planning sheet that you can use monthly or weekly if you want to pay a little more attention to what is going into your body. This is one area that really makes me remember that a failure to plan is a plan for failure!
Daily Food Journal
When tracking your food, you become more aware of what you are eating. This may help you eat healthier as most people have an internal level of guilt when writing down they ate an entire package of Oreos or a full bag of chips! The second reason is to help you connect what you eat to how you feel.
I added this for two reasons too! One, I don't want you to need a separate planner for your daily schedule. Two, I want you to see how your activity levels and schedule effect how you feel.
These prompts help me plan my day and focus on the positive. One prompt is to write down the top three things you want to accomplish today. I love this prompt because it helps me pick my focus for the day and if I only accomplish these three things, I am happy. If I get on a roll and get these three done first, it sets me up for a super productive day.
These prompts will help you think of ways to improve your physical health, financial health, mental health, spiritual health, emotional health, and social health on a daily basis. You may be absolutely fatigued and think this is impossible some days but on the rough days "rest" would fit into just about every category so you are still a success!
I always recap my week on Sundays. I think it is important to reflect on the week that has past in order to plan the week ahead. This is a great way to check in and reset. This will give you a few minutes to pause on what has worked well over the past week and what you would like to do differently this coming week.
It occurred to me that it may be helpful to rate each day on a scale of 1-10 and just write my worst complaint that day. It helps me see the ups and downs, notice any weekly patterns due to my schedule, and connect more dots.
That's about it! I know how helpful this journal has been for me so I am deeply hopeful it will help other people too.