Remember the days of keeping a diary, writing down all your feelings and secrets? The concept of jotting down your thoughts never went out of style. In fact, journaling (the modern term for keeping a diary) is more popular than ever. Journaling isn’t just a way to keep your ideas and dreams organized - it's actually a very soothing form of self care.
Journaling has several benefits such as relieving stress, inspiring creativity and even boosting your IQ. Writing an entry a day can play a huge role in your body, mind and soul, here’s how..
Studies have proven that stress and anxiety can really take a toll on a person’s physical health. When you have high anxiety your body releases a hormone called cortisol which dramatically affects your immune system. Practicing meditation, journaling or other forms of self-calming care can prevent this and even boost your immune system. Using writing to de-stress can help lower your blood pressure, improve your liver and lessen symptoms of asthma and other diseases. Journaling has also been reported to help heal wounds fasters.
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Keeping a record of all your daily thoughts actually helps sharpen your mind and improves your cognitive process. The cognitive process is your mind's ability to think, remember and understand. Journaling also evokes mindfulness - the state of being aware. It’s an awesome tool to help cope with traumatic events as well as positive experiences. Writing has a direct correlation with intelligence or exercising your mind. It is also a great way to explore language and expand your vocabulary.
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As your journaling habits develop, you become more in-tuned and able to control your emotions. Journaling strengthens your emotional intelligence and allows the right side of your brain to expand which controls your problem-solving skills. Writing allows you to feel energy, connect with your inner thoughts and unlock new ideas. By exploring writing you will not only improve on yourself but also your relationships with others.
Just like they say - An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An entry a day really does benefit your overall life and health. The best part of journaling is that it's an external hard drive for your mind. You can collect all your notebooks on a shelf and look back at them time after time.
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Written by: Shawna Villatoro (Director of Stores, Itoya Topdrawer Corp.)