We all experience stress sometimes in life. Studies show that African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to have psychological distress than Hispanics, and Caucasians. Although, a small amount of stress can be used to sharpen your problem solving skills, too much can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It’s important to find healthy ways to cope.
Keeping a Journal has many benefits. By regularly recording your thoughts, you’ll gain insight on behaviors and moods. Journal writing is used for stress reduction, personal growth, and an effective tool to emotional healing. James Pennebaker, author of Expressive Writing (words that heal) says, “writing a few minutes daily can be helpful.” Here are 3 ways keeping a Journal can relieve stress:
1. Relax, Relate, Release: Journaling will help release tension, step away from the situation and relax. Downtime can help you find clarity.
2. Problem Solving: Although, many people keep journals to record life events, journaling is a problem solving tool. When you write things down you can meditate on key words, this will help you brainstorm on possible solutions.
3. Positive Thinking: A journal allows you to explore with words. Write down positive words or phrases. For example: “I’m valuable”, “I’m organized”, “I am making progress”, “Everything is working for my good.” Say them out loud daily, Not only will you feel better, but you will attract these declarations.