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Journal Prompts for Chronic Disease

Being told by your doctor you have an incurable disease is a tough pill to swallow. Read through our favorite journal prompts to help cope with your illness.

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Chronic illnesses wear you down over time

Everyone with a chronic disease knows - you're gonna get knocked down. If you haven't been knocked down in awhile, in the back of your mind you know it's coming.

You must stay positive.

One trick to stay positive is to start a journal. Even better, find journal prompts for motivation.

Our favorite journal prompts for chronic illness

  1. Your disease does not make you a bad partner. Remember that communication is key. What's something new you could talk about with your partner?
  2. It's hard not to feel defeated sometimes. Your disease is a struggle. It's important to remember the good times. Tell me about your happiest moment this past year.
  3. It's OK to feel the way you feel. In the past, what have you done to work through the ups and downs?
  4. Now go back in time, before you were diagnosed. What was life like then?
  5. Close your eyes for a second and let it go blank. When you come back, tell me how you feel.
  6. What's your favorite physical activity? Are you still able to do that? Does it still bring you joy?
  7. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
  8. The little moments are what we all live for. That moment hanging out with a close friend, your partner, or your family. Do you remember one of your favorites?
  9. Writing about yourself is a great way to decompress. What's the most exciting thing that happened in your life this past month?
  10. Most people have one. When you think about your mother or father, what's your favorite memory?
  11. If you could thank someone right now, who would it be and why? What did they do for you?
  12. Can you list 5 things you're looking forward to next year?
  13. Tell me about a challenge you faced recently. Can you share how you overcame that challenge?
  14. Do you have a favorite TV show or movie. What makes you love it so much?
  15. Are you a sock shoe sock shoe person. What's the quirkiest part of your daily routine? Why do you like it?

Why journal prompts?

It's simple really. Sometimes you need to be reminded to look for the happiness in your life.

Journal prompts can help record what's going on in your head.

For example, if you have Crohn's disease, pain becomes your focus. All the time. A journal prompt can help uncover what's happening underneath your pain.

What is a chronic illness?

According to WebMD, a chronic illness is one that typically cannot be cured.

A chronic disease is a condition you can control with treatment for months. Asthma, diabetes, and depression are common examples. Often, they don't have a cure, but you can live with them and manage their symptoms.

Medication is a common way people treat chronic illnesses. Although medication is the obvious choice for keeping your symptoms controlled, many people (doctors included) forget about the mental side.

That's why journal prompts can help. A simple question or timely encouragement can help turn your day around.

What types of journal prompts can be useful?

When you're first diagnosed with a chronic illness, you tend to think "Why me?" It makes sense. Having a chronic disease sucks.

That's because you're told the thing you have - it can't be cured. It's the first time in your life you've been faced with such a problem. You start to think about the future. "You mean I have to take a pill for the rest of my life?"

That's why you have to look for ways to think positive.

Journal prompts that change the way you think are a good way to start. Find prompts that build positive thoughts.

Gratitude journals are a great topic if you have a chronic disease. Gratitude journals remind you to be thankful.

Even if your illness has you down in the dumps - there's always something to be thankful for.

Journaling has been said to heal wounds

In 2013, a study in Psychosomatic Medicine found expressive writing can help heal wounds faster.

This study extends previous research by showing that expressive writing can improve wound healing in older adults and women.

We wouldn't consider the research groundbreaking; however, there might be something to it. You may want to give journaling a shot and see if you get results.

Even if keeping a journal made you a little bit happier, it would be worth it.

Keeping a journal can be especially important for chronic disease sufferers

If you have Crohn's disease, you might keep a food journal to find what foods trigger a flare. You might do the same if you suffer from diverticulitis.

When you have a chronic disease, your symptoms change periodically over time.

Just because you felt fine last year doesn't mean you'll feel fine this year. A journal can help you record recent symptoms and how you calmed those symptoms.

Furthermore, a journal habit may help you think of questions you should ask your doctor.

Use your journal to learn about your illness

A common theme of chronic illness is that it's so different from person to person.

You might have one symptom and the other person may have another.

Your journal gives you a chance to think about your unique illness. Take what you learn and use your journal to be a stronger person.

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