How to Write a Journal About Asthma

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The benefits of writing a journal for your asthma and the overall health benefits have been adequately demonstrated given the relatively low risk of journaling. Here's how to get started.

Buy a Journal

Here you will have to decide on the traditional pen and paper versus some form of digital journaling. The answer really is whatever works best for you.

A digital journal might be best for you if you want something you can reread more easily, tag, and search.

If you prefer an actual physical book to write in, you will need to think about decisions like:

  • How will you secure your journal if needed?
  • Do you want lined or unlined pages?
  • How will you plan to review your journal or indicate pages you want to review in the future?
  • Is pretty more important than functional?

Set Aside Time to Write

Finding time to write is one of the most difficult issues patients have when beginning to write. One thing to try is to make it part of your morning routine. Then you can set time before bed to review your journal as part of preparing for the next day. You may find yourself writing a little more. Any time of day is great as long as it works for you.

Start Writing

It is more important to begin writing and develop a habit than what you necessarily write about. The following tips will get you started towards a daily writing habit:

  • Try to write daily. If you regularly set aside time each day it will become a habit.
  • Make it easy. Keep your journal or a piece of paper handy at all times so that you can write when you have a moment or the urge hits you. There are a number of apps available that can be accessed from both mobile devices and computers that can help and increase the frequency in which you journal.
  • Write whatever you feel like writing. There are no rules. One day you could write about your asthma, the next day you can write about the relationship with your mom. The journal is the place for you to discuss whatever you want. Do not worry about grammar, spelling, or other mistakes that may have caused you to fail an English paper at some point in your life.
  • Write freely. Try to write whatever comes to mind.


If you cannot think of something to write about consider the following tips to get you started:

  • Write a letter to your future self about your asthma
  • Who are your current best friends? Write about why it might be important for you to get better control of your asthma?
  • Describe your dream day as an asthmatic: job, man/woman, house.
  • What are 5 things that are preventing you from getting better control of your asthma?
  • How can you develop habits that will improve your asthma?
  • Consider choices you have made related to your asthma. Write down an asthma goal and 3 things you can do to accomplish it.
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