Dear diary, You have had a stressful few weeks. Nothing seems to be going right, and you can’t seem to destress. Well take a deep breath, the solution may be simpler than you think.
Journaling. To some, the word itself feels like an escape, and to many others, it feels like a chore. However, there is new research to show that this keeping a journal is not only good for your writing skills but good for your brain too. Expressive writing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve working memory and manage stress.
Why You Should Keep a Personal Journal
Research from APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology (Carpenter, 2018) shows that by taking the time away to recall your day both emotionally and chronologically, you start to see patterns in your behaviour. You become far more aware of how you react to stress, and over time you learn how to adapt your future reactions. Often the fact that you are stressed is enough to feed the cycle of feeling stressed and your problems just snowball. Journaling allows you to step out of that stress ball and analyse your actions from the outside.
So, do yourself a favour and have a look at getting a beautiful, customised journal, for the people in your life who deserve a little less stress in theirs. I like the Eco-Friendly Promotional Journal for the environmentally stressed, or even the Venus Custom Branded Bound Journal for the classic look.
Carpenter, S. (2018). A new reason for keeping a diary. [online] http://www.apa.org. Available at: http://www.apa.org/monitor/sep01/keepdiary.aspx [Accessed 15 Aug. 2018].