Is a journal your way to better health?
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of rest and write in a journal. What?! Just what you need, one more thing to do. Plus, how is writing your thoughts and feelings going to improve your health? Take our short two-question quiz to find out if writing could help you be the best you.
True or false: Journaling can improve your mental well-being.
True. If your first concern when reading this quiz was “How will I find time to do this,” chances are you are already stressed. Although some stress is beneficial, continued high levels of stress can wreck your life with headaches, upset stomachs, trouble sleeping, weakened immune systems and the list goes on and on.
According to a study by the Cambridge University Press, the good news is that writing about stressful events can reduce stress and help you identify and solve problems. Even better, you don’t have to do it every day. The study recommends 15 to 20 minutes a day, three to five times over four months.
True or false: Journaling can heal physical wounds faster.
True. No, that is not a misprint. In 2013, New Zealand researchers found 76% of adults who journaled about their thoughts and feelings for 20 minutes, three days in a row, two weeks before having a biopsy were fully healed within 11 days. Of the group that did not journal, only 42% recovered as quickly.
Still wondering if journaling can help you in life? We can’t promise that you will write the next blockbuster or become a leader who will be remembered for centuries, but there may be something to it as some of history’s most successful people from various professions kept journals, including Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Frida Kahlo, George Lucas, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci and Mark Twain.