Along with the complicated and mysterious symptoms Meniere's brings, there's also an internal experience of crazy thoughts and emotions we can't share with anyone else.
Today I want to share with you an easy way to pull out of that emotional funk we get into sometimes - the sadness it's hard to put your finger on, that sense that you're not heard, or that sudden panic nobody else understands.
You may have heard that journaling about your experience is healthy, and it is. But there's a way to do it as a tool for those moments when you're just not right emotionally, or you're sad, or disconnected.
What you do is download one of the journal apps on your phone. There are many of them, you can look up "best journal apps" online. I use one called Journey.
On a down day you open up your journal app, start a new entry, but instead of typing, click on the microphone icon on your keyboard that lets you speak into your phone.
And (don't laugh), start speaking into your phone about what's on your mind. As you speak, your phone converts it into type into your journal app.
Let what you're experiencing come out. Let it be weird. You don't have to worry about it making sense to anyone else:
"You know I'm just in a funk today. I try to be a good person, I'm doing everything I can, and it's just a bad day."
Rant and curse as much as you want.
You'll find pretty quickly that the funk you're in will start to shift into relief, because it will feel like you are being heard. It gets whatever is on your mind out of your mind, and your head will clear a little. The day will get better.
You see, when people talk to each other, there can be a veil separating true understanding. It's not anybody's fault, it's just that we filter what we hear from each other through our own experiences, beliefs, and predictions.
It can seem like it you're saying what you mean, but the other person just doesn't get it the way you want them to get it.
My little journal app absorbs all of the pressure, personal reactions to bad days, and sudden anxiety so that I'm never disappointed if a family member doesn't have the time to get into the heart of how I feel about what happens to me.
You can go to a quiet place either in the car, or at the park, or a private room in your home, and talk it out in your phone journal.
You can even print these digital journals into hard-cover books as physical proof of your ability to stay the course to your physical and mental health.
It's like Jim Rohn said:
"A life worth living is a life worth recording."
P.S. You are welcome to come join us this coming Saturday, December 15th, at 10 a.m. CST in the Meniere's Acceptance Club FaceBook group as we talk about lowering anxiety in a busy world.
Bring your concerns and questions.
Here's the link to join the club:
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