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The Benefits of Journaling for Stress Management

Updated: Dec 23, 2022

These past couple of months have been a little more difficult in terms of keeping anxiety at bay. I don't consider myself an anxious person but since COVID19 hit I can't help but to feel these waves of fear come over me. As I keep coming back to my breath this has been my anchor to coming back to the present moment along with journaling.

There is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being.Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.

Clarify your thoughts and feelings by taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world. Help to reduce stress by doing what I call a "Brain Dump" at the end of the day writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions or experiences that might have happened that day or in the previous days helps to release the intensity of these feelings.This includes writing why you might feel anxious or fearful. Ask your self if you have any evidence of this? By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present. After your Brain dump finish off with writing about something your grateful for that happened that day or in general. By acknowledging all the blessings in our lives it trains our minds in that upward POSITIVE direction!

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