Posted by bleauberry on April 19, 2012, at 5:18:43
In reply to Do you track yourself?, posted by Raisinb on April 18, 2012, at 18:22:52
Keeping track of things on a daily basis is extremely helpful for many people.
The is how, for example, you might identify a food that is giving you trouble that you never suspected. As you review your diary you might notice something like a worsened mood every time after you ate a certain food the day before.
Lyme folks claim they have bad flare-ups on a full moon. I've been tracking myself for a year. I feel best on full moons. My worst tiimes, and it is very consistent and predictable, is during the halfmoon leading up to a full moon, and during the half moon after a full moon.
The amount of sleep you got, what time sleep started....I mean, all kinds of things play into the diary keeping thing. This is how we can spot patterns or clues and gather new information about ourselves that we didn't know. Any of which might be very helpful to help improve our strategy and quality of life.
As time passes....months, years....we might forget the details of what happened last time we tried XYZ med, or we might have forgotten about a certain side effect or something. keeping track of things we can go back in history and refresh ourselves in detail of where we've been compared to where we are now.
Even of a bad day I can look at my past and realize that even during this badness I am better than I was 2 years ago....but you don't really grasp that until you read your notes of 2 years ago.