Healthy Coping. The Benefits of Journaling.
Getting Back to Basics, Start Journaling.
Have you ever thought about keeping a journal? Did you know that studies show keeping a journal has health benefits? It sharpens the mind and may even decrease symptoms of certain health conditions such as asthma and arthritis. Journaling can have a calming effect on the body and may even strengthen the immune system!
Writing your thoughts in a journal or diary can help you process ideas and emotions more clearly. You can journal anything you like – your day’s activities, the dreams you have (real dreams or dreams of what you want from life), your feelings, your worries, your decisions – the list is endless.
Whether you type out your journal on a computer or handwrite it in book form (where you can even add your own illustrations to convey your feelings), it can be amazing to see the things you learn about yourself as the words flow from your head to paper.
Journals allow you to release pent up emotions and feelings, and they help reinforce all the great things you have in your life that you may have lost focus on. Don’t be afraid to write about your fears and concerns, but always try to include something you are grateful for as well. It can be your children, pets, friends, partners, even your health coach!
Journals can also include future goals. Places you want to visit and new foods/recipes you want to try. If you always wanted to learn a new skill, write down those goals. You can start with some online classes, many of which are offered through universities for free or at very little cost.
So, get out that pen and paper and start your journal journey. Contact your Dario coach and share your ideas.
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