I love using planners/journals and just writing things in general. There are many apps available so I could do planning/recording without writing, but I prefer the tactile experience of using a pen and paper.
I frequently look online for planners and/or journals to buy that might suit my needs better than the one (or ones!) I am using at the time. This means that I go through way too many planners to count.
Recently, I started using a journal called, HealthMinder. This post will provide a review of it as well as show the planner/journal I created.
This is a great journal that allows you to keep track of your health each day. The reason why I bought was because I wanted to stay on top of my symptoms that I get from hormonal changes and being a Post-COVID “Long-Hauler.”
HealthMinder separates out things you can record about how you are feeling each day mentally and physically as well as any other things that you like to take note of (blood pressure, blood sugar, weight etc.). I really like this feature because it makes it easier to look back and see what area problems are happening in.
The symptoms glossary can really help you with putting into words what you may be feeling. It also shows you what part of the body the feelings may fall under.
Although it is a pretty small section, I do like that there is space to put down what you ate each day. This is important if one is trying to figure out if diet is playing a role in the symptoms they are having.
I also love the health recording section in the back of the book. You can put down your medical history, insurance information, test results, contact information for your health care providers and any questions you may have so that you can remember to ask them at your appointments.
The aforementioned section in the back, allows you to have information all in one place. This makes it easier so that you do not have to search around in a bunch of different places to look things up.
In conclusion, the HealthMinder is a wonderful way to keep track and take care of your health. I would highly recommend it.
The following are pictures of the inside of the journal:
The company that makes the HealthMinder also makes other journals. These include the DietMinder (mainly for tracking food but also fitness), BodyMinder (mainly for tracking exercise but also food), CruiseMinder (for planning a cruise ship vacation), MaintenanceMinder (for helping one maintain their weight), DietMinder Junior (for helping children keep track of their food intake and exercise) and CodeMinder (helps you keep track of usernames and passwords).
The MemoryMinder site to look at the other journals: http://www.memoryminder.com
While I really like the HealthMinder, there are some other things I want in a planner/journal. This is what led me to create my own!
I decided to call it the Daily Women’s Health Planner. This is because it is a combination of a health journal (like the HealthMinder) and a daily planner. Its features are as follows:
- Goals page- Provides space to write down any goals you want to reach.
- Health issues page- Space to write down your current and past health issues
- Workout plan pages- There are three of these pages so that you can write down the routine you want to have each week. This is great if you are like me and keep up the same workout routine for about six weeks.
- Menstrual cycle information page- This page gives a run down of what our hormones may be doing each day of our cycle and what our vaginal discharge should be like. It is nice to look back on to see what you may be feeling each day.
- The daily planner/journal pages- There are 180 days for you to track. Each day includes two pages. The first page for each day allows you to record the date, personal menstrual cycle information, mental/physical symptoms, supplements/medications taken, other health related things you want to track (blood pressure, O2 stats, hours slept etc.) and how your workout for the day went (if you did one). The second page for each day allows you to record a to-do list/schedule, your diet and how you thought your day was overall.
- Supplement/medication tracker- This provides spaces for you to write down the supplements/medications you currently take (and how they affect you) and supplements/medications you are interested in taking (and what you think they will do for you).
- Resources- This is just a short list of health-related apps, books and sites that may be of value to you.
This planner is perfect for me because everything I want to track is all in one place. I hope it will work out for anyone else who decides to use it too!
I made three different covers for the journal. In the near future, I plan on making the journal ring-bound because it makes it easier to open and use.
Here is my planner and one of the three covers it comes in:
Planners and journals can be great
Not everyone likes to use them but those of us who do, find them very helpful. There are so many of them to choose from that everyone who likes using them is likely to find one that suits their need.
The one I made is great for women and non-binary people who like to track and plan multiple things each day.
Do you like using journals and planners? Let me know which ones you like!
Thanks for reading!
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