As a favor I’m featuring a guest writer. In support of the mesothelioma cancer alliance I hope to share some advice given when trying to stay positive and to attempt to reach for your goals and achieve them.
Sometimes writing it out can help and that’s what my blog is all about. Knowing what I’m looking to achieve is in print helps keep me motivated, it keeps me determined and most important it keeps me driven!
Explore Your Emotions Through Writing
By Melanie Bowen
The positive effects of journaling or blogging your feelings are unexplainable. Perhaps putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – inspires people to really think about what they are feeling, putting them more in touch with their emotions, which helps them to handle their feelings much better. While this is beneficial to everyone that wants a better handle on their emotions, feelings and their ability to approach and handle any given situation, cataloging your emotions is something that often proves immeasurable for those suffering from an illness such as mesothelioma, arthritis, or even diabetes. Even those with any prognosis often find it helpful to write their feelings and emotions because it gives them perspective on their feelings.
Journaling doesn’t necessarily mean putting your innermost feelings to paper. Sometimes, cataloging your emotions simply means making a list of things you want to accomplish in your life or things that make you feel good or that you are especially thankful for. Making lists for your future provides you with a tangible reminder that motivates you to succeed so you can accomplish your goals. Your goals can be anything you want, from the simple desire to see your grandchildren grow up to wanting to visit every major city in the world. Whatever they are, they are yours and they are your motivation to want to overcome your illness and lead a healthy, happy life.
Those that use journaling or blogging as away of cataloging their road to recovery have a constant reminder of their desire to recover, which serves as instant motivation. This type of motivation is necessary on the road to recovery, because cancer treatments are often very difficult on the body and the mind and spirit suffer along with the body. Oftentimes, patients with cancer will have bad days in which they seem to find it difficult to find reasons to be happy; their journals often serve as a reminder that there have been bad days in the past that they have overcome with happiness, which could improve their mood and turn the day around.
Making a list of your goals as you continue your treatments gives you something to look forward to after your cancer is gone. There is no time like the present to make a list of the things you want to accomplish or do or go in life and use it as a reminder that everyday will be better than the one before. Once your treatment is complete and you begin your path to healing you can start checking items off that list as you accomplish them. Journaling may not cure you of your illness, but it can improve your outlook on life, which improves the quality of your life.