The Health Benefits of Journaling
When you think of journaling, you probably associate it with your childhood and assume that it is not a meaningful activity. As kids, many of us filled our diaries with summaries of what happened each day and not much else. This method of journaling is actually important as it can lead to a more sophisticated form of documenting our lives. Keeping a journal has the potential to improve one’s emotional health because it allows us to pay attention to not just what happened in a day, but how we felt about it. Journaling is a great way to keep track of your negative and positive emotions and to find out what you can do to fix what makes you upset. Here are a few ways that writing in a journal for a couple minutes each day can improve your health.
1.Improved Emotional Intelligence
When you write down your emotions, you are more likely to be able to process them and understand them. This also helps you understand other peoples’ emotions better and helps you be better equipped to work through disagreements.
2.Reduced Stress Levels
According to Intermountain Healthcare, writing helps lower your blood pressure. Journaling before bed can help you relax and calm your nerves. Writing about the positive aspects of your day can also help improve your mood!
Keeping a journal can keep your mind sharp and improve your memory. Journaling forces you to recall what happened during your day, including minor details.
Writing in a journal helps improve mindfulness as you start paying attention to what is happening around you. As you go through your day, you may find yourself being more present in the moment and more aware of how you feel.
5.Improved Mental Health Management
The University of Rochester’s Medical Center says that journaling allows you to be more aware of what causes your anxiety by “tracking [your] symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them”. This means that journaling helps you pinpoint when you are feeling anxious and what is causing it.
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