Keeping a diary can and is very useful when you suffer from depression. It helps you identify and recognise all the good things that go on in your daily life that you might otherwise miss.
Also, it is useful to see if there is a pattern. Something that you might otherwise miss in the chaos of everyday life.
I keep a diary in a very simple way. Buying a little one with the whole week laid out over two pages. For each day I make a note of how I feel by drawing a smiley face. If I have had a happy day there is a smile. An average day has a straight mouth and if at any point I felt properly sad or depressed a sad face.
In addition to his I keep a note of what time I go to bed and get up and whether I have had breakfast, lunch, tea and maybe supper. As I try to do regular fitness I keep a track of what sort of fitness too.
This simple set of information has proven really useful to me. I quickly spotted that I was not eating properly and within a couple of weeks it became clear that I tend to feel down at the end of the working week or first thing Monday.
Armed with this knowledge I now use the diary to remind me of my meals and know to smile more and expect to feel a little sad when tired at the end of the week.
A diary is not a cure but does help you get a focus on what is happening, when and maybe why. With this you can plan and take control.
My diary cost me just 99p and is one of the best buys I have ever made… so what are you waiting for fellow diarist… get out there and get jotting in your diary!