We all know that writing in a journal is a great way to express your innermost thoughts. It’s easy to see why keeping a journal might be helpful to log personal goals, dreams or even setbacks. But the specific benefits that journal writing can have on your mental and physical health are less obvious. If you are looking for a reason to journal today, then search no further. Here are six distinct ways that journalling can increase your overall well-being. So go ahead and write away!
- According to the Journal of Research in Personality, writing about positive experiences can actually boost your immune system
- Writing specifically about positive experiences is always used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to eliminate the “negative bias” that contributes to feelings of depression
- Journalling can de-escalate anxiety by giving you a place to write out the stresses and pressures you are under
- You can increase your conflict resolution skills and reduce disagreements with others by journalling in someone else’s point of view
- Keeping a daily gratitude journal can take only fifteen minutes a day, but according to Psychology Today it can help you have a longer and higher-quality sleep every night
- Creating a narrative of your emotions (as opposed to simply writing out your feelings) can reduce the harmful cardiovascular effects of dealing with stress
We’ve covered some other therapeutic benefits of journalling in the past. Check them out here!
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