Writing for a Healthy Mind

Are you having difficulty how you'll spend your Me-time? One of the best things to do is journaling. Writing on a diary is an effective and cheap way release stress. There are two sides to it. Stress that pushes you to bring the best in you, and one that ceases you to do things you love.

Do you feel 5 or a more of the following:

  • feeling anxious, easily agitated, frustrated, or moody
  • feeling overwhelmed, like life is out of control
  • having a tough time quiet and quieting your mind
  • feeling unworthy and depressed
  • feeling tired all the time
  • experiencing frequent headaches
  • having trouble getting to or staying asleep (insomnia)?

If yes, you'll attempt adding a daily journal-writing to your routine, aside from meditation, exercise, or psychotherapy. Denying that you just do not would like some other person to pay attention to your whining, is the first stage of emotional stress or depression. If you are not ready to tell your story to someone yet, you could convert it into a notebook or a computer in the meantime. It's traditional that you just do not like a shot open up concerning what you're feeling. It could be because you're still confused about what it is or you are in a deep emotional state and can't decide what to do.

The Benefits of Writing

  • it manages anxiety
  • it reduces stress
  • helps to cope up with depression
  • controls your symptoms and improves your mood
  • releases your pent-up emotions

Doctor James W. Pennebaker, a social scientist, concluded his experiment about expressive writing, that people who had written personal traumatic events had fewer health problems than those who don't. According to him, these are the additional benefits:

  • fewer migraine or asthma attacks
  • better sleep
  • mental strategy to urge out from the endless overthinking, unhealthy brooding and rumination

Activity 1: Check How Stressed You Are

  • Honestly answer the questions in the chart
  • Follow the arrows depending on your answer
  • Take three deep breaths
  • Click this LINK when you're ready

Activity 2: Free Writing

  • Choose your medium (pen and paper; computer)
  • Set aside a few minutes a day
  • Write whatever comes to mind first
  • Stop only when you feel like it
  • Don't care about the grammar or structure. Just write!

Activity 3: Start Your Journal Habit

  • Write about a past moment that always haunts you
  • Something that you can't take off your mind
  • Write everything that reminds you of it.
  • Take the time to write all the details
  • Write something about your current challenge
  • Write something about your goals
  • Write one thing concerning the items you would like to try to tomorrow, the next week, or the next month
  • Write concerning one thing or somebody you continue to grieve about
  • Write the things that make you happy
  • Write your happy memories

Activity 4: Have the spirit to Share one among your Journal Logs

Allow someone you trust to see a part of your journal and talk and talk about it; or
Post it in your diary or somewhere you'll be able to get healthy comments, or somewhere comments aren't allowed

REFERENCES

  • https://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/journal-for-stress-relief.aspx
  • http://writingthroughlife.com/5-ways-to-reduce-stress-through-journaling/
  • https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentID=4552&ContentTypeID=1
  • https://www.thedailymind.com/stress/use-expressive-writing-relieve-stress/