I have used a gratitude journal for a couple of years now. Using a generic gratitude journal definitely helped me bring attention to all of the beautiful things in my life. However, I found that the focus was entirely outwards–on other people, food, music, animals, nature, etc. I wanted to find a way to bring gentle, compassionate, mindful attention to my body, so I created The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal for People with Chronic Illness.
People with chronic illness have unique challenges, and those challenges affect our mental health in a massive way. Like so many people with chronic illness, I had developed an attitude of hostility towards my body. I felt my body was the source of all my problems. Between chronic illness, miscarriage, a complicated history with men, and a history of eating disorders, my body felt like a war zone. I needed a way to find some forgiveness and compassion for everything my body has endured, and all of the ways it’s trying so hard to do right by me.
I came up with these prompts and affirmations to help me do just that. Using this journal won’t cure your chronic illness, but it will help you build a better relationship with your body. This journal can help you release anger and blame, turning towards the body you do have with compassion and love.