Having Lyme disease entails that there will be a lot of days when you cannot leave the house, much less your bed. That is especially true if you have been diagnosed recently, and you are not used to the symptoms. All you can do is stay in a fetal position in the bedroom, cry over the pain that you feel everywhere, and not even want to eat anything.
What dealing with days like that means is that you may always be in your head. You cannot talk about how you feel, or at least explain it to your loved ones. Even if you can, you may not have the energy to do so. It is a little fact that not everyone understands about Lyme disease patients.
The saddening result of the latter is that most of the emotions and thoughts remain stuck in the ill person’s mind. If they cannot get rid of them, the ideas may alter their brain function and cause anxiety, depression, and other conditions.
For all the reasons mentioned above, I tend to recommend journaling to people, ill or not. For Lyme disease patients, it is especially helpful as it will allow you to:
Say Everything Fearlessly
“They suggest that at least for fairly minor life problems, something as simple as writing about the problem for 20 minutes can yield important effects not only in terms of physical health and mental health, but also in terms of cognitive abilities,” Adriel Boals, PhD, says.
The primary advantage of writing your thoughts – albeit privately – is that you can express anything fearlessly. If you want to curse yourself or the tick that has bitten and given you Lyme, you can do it. In case you wish to hate on every doctor who cannot recommend a long-term cure for your illness, no one still disagrees with you.
“There’s a lot of science grounding expressive language writing and journaling as being an extremely helpful piece for maintaining mental wellness,” says Deborah Serani, PsyD.
The journal is an extension of yourself. You have no reason to show it to anyone but yourself, so feel free to write everything on your mind.
Stop Worrying About Anyone’s Reaction
Autoimmune diseases do not pick when or where they will attack. It is always ideal if it happens before you leave the house because it means that other people won’t see you in pain. In case you feel the symptoms at work or in the train, though, you may keep on stressing over how others may react when you cry out loud all of a sudden.
Still, if you have a journal, you can write about what’s happening to you without worrying about anyone’s reaction.
Do Therapy On Yourself
According to Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP, “Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.”
How difficult can it be to buy a $1 or $2 journaling notebook? You can also use any pen that may be rolling around in your house right now. When you combine such cheap tools with your thoughts, the former will not be noticeable at all. What matters is that you have channeled your deepest secrets from your head to the paper and do not need to carry it everywhere you go.
This alternative treatment may work better than other expensive forms of therapy. Not to mention, you will not feel shy about expressing your thoughts because the journal will be your sounding board, and you are your own therapist.
I don’t expect for you to see the positive change that journaling can do in your life but just wait a little. Clarity, peacefulness, and all those good things will come soon enough.