With the new year fast approaching, many of us focus on our health and what we want to accomplish. This year more than ever, we need to stay healthy and active. One easy way to achieve this is to keep a health journal.
We’ve put together some tips on how to keep a health journal and precisely track your cough.
What Is A Health Journal and Why Is It Important?
Focussing on your overall health during the winter months and around the new year is a great way to improve and optimize your well being.
Some people sign up to expensive gyms, but in fact, there is a much easier and cost-effective way to stay healthy and assess any physical and mental needs, and that’s to create a daily personal health journal.
If you want to understand your current health status and are inspired to make improvements to your lifestyle, then a health journal can help you assess and understand your body.
Writing a daily log of your diet, exercise, sleep patterns, what medicine and supplements are taken, water consumption, and how you feel physically and emotionally will help you discover correlations in your wellbeing and health. The findings will allow you to see behaviors and symptoms that could possibly be attributed to what you consumed, for example.
Advantages of Writing a Health Journal
- Track changes in symptoms and identify any problems.
- Personalized record of health habits, such as eating patterns, mood, exercise, and physical symptoms.
- Easier to identify potential allergens or sensitivities.
- A cost-effective way to achieve personal health goals through self-development.
- Taking control of your mental (and physical) wellbeing can reduce stress. Understanding stress triggers will help you to eliminate the root causes.
- Understanding what you eat and when you eat will undoubtedly lead to a better diet.
- Likewise, recording your exercise patterns will inspire you to do more or change your plans to suit your health.
- You can boost your immune system better.
- There are likely to be fewer visits to your general practitioner or health center.
- Ultimately, the goal of writing a health journal will be better overall health.
How to Keep a Health Journal
Start with a general notebook; A5 or A4 is best to use a page per day. Alternatively, you can start an e-document of your choice. Spreadsheets work well because they allow you to add many rows and columns. You can then add color for different categories.
To start your journal, add daily dates and days of the week.
You can keep a record of your statistics before you start your health journal journey. For example, do a full bodyweight check with BMI, record body temperature, hydration levels, height, body measurements, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. Depending on what you will decide to record daily, add these options to your journal. You might want to record some options daily, some weekly, and some monthly.
Include space to write daily accounts of:
- Food and drink consumed (what and when). Many apps help you track nutrition levels, so you know the number of calories, fat, sodium, protein, sugar, etc., consumed at each meal.
- Water intake (e.g., number of glasses)
- Amount of sleep (number of hours and a scale of sleep quality)
- Any exercise (what and how long)
- Medicine (brand names, strength, and dosage)
- Vitamins and supplements
Some people choose to record the weather because this can affect certain health issues.
Log any physical symptoms like bloating, nausea, hunger, rashes, lumps, bites, energy levels, pain, discomfort, bathroom frequency, and more obvious things like sneezing and coughing. Think about all the areas of your body. Once you start noticing things, your list will grow.
All the above can help determine trends in your day to day health to determine if you are allergic or sensitive to certain foods or environmental stimuli.
Keep a note of your mental wellbeing, such as anxiety, stress, sadness, panic attacks, anger, depression. If specific things happen, note the time of day they occurred. Use a scale of general mental wellbeing each day so that you can easily see a pattern.
Leave space for comments so you can jot down anything else.
Tracking a Chronic Cough with the Hyfe App
Hyfe App is a user-friendly AI model that identifies and classifies sounds. More specifically, it’s a cough tracker that users can install on their smartphones to track coughing. Users only have to turn on the system and give permission.
Hyfe App uses a form of deep learning, trained on thousands of labeled sounds. It detects and distinguishes coughs from ambients sounds and tracks them over space and time.
Because Hyfe is an automatic cough tracker, users don’t have to add notes to their health journals. But they can instead mark off that they have checked the daily results of their cough tracker.
Hyfe makes data sharing easy. So when you do need to consult a doctor, you can provide them with the data, and this also opens the door for remote monitoring.
Tracking a cough helps to diagnose conditions and manage chronic diseases such as asthma. Early intervention is possible because patterns are identified sooner, and doctors can provide appropriate treatment.
Basically, if you can identify what triggers your cough, you can take steps to avoid it and reduce coughing.
So know you know how to keep a health journal and why it’s a great idea to start one. When you’re organized and commit to your journaling, you’ll undoubtedly find it interesting and rewarding.
Hyfe uses artificial intelligence to identify coughs. It counts every cough and allows you to compare and track your coughing over time. This gives you objective insights into your coughing and can help you monitor your health in the context of pollution, asthma, or even Covid19. Stay on top of your health by tracking your cough.
Have you tried health tracking apps? What was your experience? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!