I am now a strong advocate of journaling. When I finally decided that I had to determine for myself what was affecting me –(a doctor cannot help you out on determining this type of information ) I broke down and wrote about everything I did, what I had eaten, and when and who I had been around each day.
This doesn’t have to be demanding. Just create a list of categories and fill it in. It was amazing what I discovered. I could determine so many things that were setting me back and that a setback could happen within mere seconds.
When I felt as if I were really under attack from within, both physically and emotionally, I would make note of these issues, events and foods in my journal. I then would review and see what had transpired in my recent days; what had I eaten, who had I been talking to, what events had upset me or even made me happy.
Originally, I really didn’t believe it myself. So I did my Guess and Test theory. If I wanted to eat something with onions in it, I went ahead and ate it. Then, when it repeatedly showed up in my journal that eating onions made me feel terrible, I realized they were a problem, and I purposely avoided eating onions.
When I felt worse after being around a particular person, I wrote it down, and soon it was easy to determine that this person was someone I should avoid, or limit time with, until I was better. This isn’t as hard as you may think, especially, when you have had a continuous monitoring process to backup your suspicions. This doesn’t mean you are never around someone that is setting you back, but there are times that family members and friends can be unintentionally negative or even have toxic personalities, and perhaps they are even doubters that you have anything wrong.
It is very difficult for someone suffering with adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to eliminate their own negative thoughts, let alone negative thoughts of others. It is vital to understand how negativity affects your behavior and your emotions.
I want to share a letter from someone who recently read All In My Mind?
I just want to thank you for your book. I really am so grateful to you for writing it and being able to have it …to refer to and learn from. I submitted a request on Oprah.com for someone I’d like to see her interiew. I really believe the contents of your book not only are helpful and informative, but it very well could save lives…I want to help people who are in pain and struggling…I can in some small way get the word and promote getting this book in people’s hands. God is good, and I’ll be praying for you. Thanks again!!! Respectfully – C.A.T.
You can see a good example of a way to journal in my book, All In Mind? If you would like to learn more just go to www.jenbusch.com