You Should Start a Journal

There are all kinds of mental, emotional, and physical benefits to keeping a journal. It is great for practicing self-care, mindfulness, and helps you understand the world around you.

In other words, journaling helps you grow as a person! It sounds simple (and it is), but writing your feelings and thoughts down on paper helps you understand them. And I mean actually writing them down with pencil, pen, ect. on paper. The physicality of this helps your brain process the information in a way doing it electronically doesn’t. 

Keeping a journal can help you

  • manage anxiety
  • cope with depression
  • reduce stress
  • improve immune function
  • improve your mood
  • boost comprehension, memory, and cognitive processing

So if you want to have more control over your emotions while improving your mental health over the long term, keep a journal! It does not have to be perfect (it is for your eyes only). Spelling, grammar, and content doesn’t matter! Try just a minute or two a day and work your way up. Research has shown that journaling 15 to 20 minutes a day for only 3 to 5 times over 4 months can lower blood pressure. 

Stuck on where to start? Check out Heart and Solutions, LLC facebook page for journal prompts posted on our timeline! Follow the link here https://www.facebook.com/Heartandsolutions

References

Bailey, Kasee. 5 powerful health benefits of journaling. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2018/07/5-powerful-health-benefits-of-journaling/

University of Rochester Medical Center. Journaling for mental health. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentID=4552&ContentTypeID=1

Written by on December 15, 2020.

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