The scientific benefits of journaling

Writing down your thoughts on a daily basis feels cathartic and healing, and studies show that it’s not all in our heads. According to Harvard Health Publications, research has shown that writing down your authentic thoughts and emotions can reduce “stigma-related stress” and help you cope with your day-to-day life.

“Expressive writing” in general is linked to reduced stress and anxiety. In one particular study, 46 healthy college students wrote about traumatic life events or other topics that evoke strong emotions for 15 minutes a day. The ones who actually did the exercise regularly made fewer visits to the health campus center and even reduced their use of pain relievers over the six months that followed.

So set aside some time each morning or night to journal and write out your feelings. They are valid and they deserve to be released — and your body and mind will thank you for it.

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