Logging or journaling provides us with more information about ourselves than anything else we can do. And Socrates is most quoted for: “Know Thyself.” And
becoming as healthy as possible is one of the best investments that we can make. For those of us who wish to maximize our lifespans while enjoying high
energy levels as much as possible, taking care of our body tops the list of important goals. To efficiently manage things though, we need an efficient
systematic tracking of how we are doing on our journey.
If you are like me, you want to start journaling for health and wellness. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
Journaling Creates Personal Accountability
For those that are just getting started with a healthy lifestyle, there are a lot of bad habits to replace. “It isn’t your fault, society has made it OK for
you to be unhealthy,” the little voice in our head says, and “there aren’t many resources that will teach you.” But, we know deep down that eating healthy is
simple. Cheating is easy too. So when we decide to change things, you have to hold ourselves accountable, because no one else can.
This is where our health diary comes into play. The guilt that comes with not consistently writing, or with not working toward our goals, or with
backsliding, are often enough to help us overcome the difficult days when we feel like going back to our old bad habits.
A Health Diary Helps Us Identify What Works for Us
By tracking everything that we eat, the exercises that we do, and how we feel each day, we can see which things help us accomplish our goals and feel
energetic throughout the day. We will also identify those things that cause us to eat to much, those things that cause us to crave unhealthy foods and
actions. And then reduce and possibly eliminate those triggers that don’t work for us.
A Lifetime of Learning in Journaling
Once we are healthy, we shouldn’t stop journaling either. As mentioned before, this is a life long investment, and we can figure out a lot more about
ourselves than just what foods and exercises are worth incorporating into our life.
The human body is far from invincible. There are always going to be little problems that pop up, and every once in a while something major may threaten our
health. The good news is that there are almost always signs to warn us. We just have to know to look for them. By keeping a log of our life, we can figure
out when something is about to go wrong, and take preventative measures right away.
Keeping a journal of our health and wellness may seem like a lot of work; but it is a 5 minute a day investment that may lengthen our lives and improve the