I so agree with Pat! I’m not so sure keeping a running commentary about symptoms or negative emotions is therapeutic.
I never seem to stick with it, but occasionally I try to keep a journal of ONLY positive things that have happened. Not things that hurt, or things I was scared about. Sometimes, if I’ve had a rotten day, the only positive thing might be: “At least it was sunny”, or “That bit of cheese I had at lunchtime was really rather nice”. But consciously looking for the positive, in a sea of ****, is a discipline you can teach yourself. It has been shown that over time, actively looking for things you can say you’re grateful for increases a sense of wellbeing. It doesn’t matter if the positive things were small, or few and far between. Consciously reminding yourself of them is what helps.
Speaking of which, I do have some nice fresh bread, and some hopefully tasty vintage cheddar for lunch, and it’s getting to that time. Oh, and Tesco didn’t have the individual trifle I ordered, so they sent me a larger, superior trifle, for the same price. I suppose you might say: “It’s a mere trifle!”, but little, unexpected bonuses do help.