logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Neuromuscular Diseases Site

BellaOnline's Neuromuscular Diseases Editor

g

Journal Writing and Neuromuscular Disease


Coping with a neuromuscular disease can be difficult. I have found that keeping a journal helps me to manage my stress. My writing includes gratitude journaling, and free writing about my thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Experts agree that personal writing can help individuals to cope with stress and has health benefits. Keeping a journal on a regular basis can also lead to greater personal insight and understanding. Over time, keeping a journal can also increase creativity and improve one’s writing skills.

While the benefits of personal writing have been well documented, some people find it difficult to get started. The blank page can be daunting! You will find that there are many general books about journaling, including one listed below, that can provide you with general prompts.

To help you get started, I have provided a few journaling prompts about the experience of having a neuromuscular disease to help you. These are clustered into related questions, and each group will be likely to give you enough to write about for at least one session of journal writing.

Prompts:

In what ways has neuromuscular disease affected my life? What are my feelings regarding neuromuscular disease? How do I handle these emotions?

Who can I rely on for assistance when I need it? Do I find it difficult to ask for help when I need help? Why? How do others react to my requests for assistance? What do I do that makes it either easy or difficult for others to help me?

What limitations does neuromuscular disease place on me? Do I respect these limitations? What happens when I overdo it? How can I avoid overdoing it? How do I feel about these limitations? How do I handle frustration or anger over these frustrations? What opportunities has this disease opened up for me?

How do I cope with the stress that comes with the experience of neuromuscular disease? In what ways are my coping methods healthy? Unhealthy? What can I do to manage stress in healthy ways?

How do I cope with the grief that comes with the experience of neuromuscular disease? Have I allowed myself to feel grief? In what ways are my coping methods healthy? Unhealthy?

How has neuromuscular disease affected my relationships with other people, including my family of origin, friends, and significant other?

What do I have to be grateful for today? What can I give thanks for today?

Resources:

Bender, Sheila (2000). A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery. Walking Stick Press: Cincinnati, OH.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (2004). Writing About Events May Lower Caregiver Stress. MDA/ALS Newsletter v9 n2. http://www.als-mda.org/publications/als/als9_2.html#caregiverwriting . Retrieved 6/17/11.

Hitti, M., (n.d.) Healthy Living: 8 Steps to Take Today. Web MD website. http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/healthy-living-8-steps-to-take-today?page=3 . Retrieved 6/17/11.


Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Twitter Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Facebook Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to MySpace Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Del.icio.us Digg Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Yahoo My Web Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Google Bookmarks Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Stumbleupon Add Journal+Writing+and+Neuromuscular+Disease to Reddit




Read about Journaling for Wellness
Learn about Handling Grief Over Health Losses
Find out about keeping a gratitude journal.
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Neuromuscular Diseases Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Jori Reijonen, Ph.D.. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Jori Reijonen, Ph.D.. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Jori Reijonen, Ph.D. for details.

g


g features
Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

CMT Awareness Month 2014

MDA SHOW of STRENGTH 2014

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor