A key component of the metaphysical morning routine we practice is journaling. It is where we generate the content for our articles, as well as force our brains to engage in the creative process. Self expression through writing and the releasing of thoughts onto paper (or a mobile device ; ) has a positive impact on physical health.
In THIS study, the power of journaling is illustrated:
“University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.”
Journaling doesn’t have to be forced or last for a certain period of time. Quite simply writing down your thoughts for a few minutes a day can improve upon health, mood and well-being. Again, with most metaphysical practices (yes, I suppose this could be considered physical because of the action of the hands), the more you do it and the longer the action, the greater the benefits. Many times, just starting with a few words/sentences will amount to paragraphs or pages of great material!
In this day and age, we are overburdened with information, environmental distractions, and it is often hard to capture our thoughts. When anything from a business idea or random life epiphany pops into our head, we should document it as soon as possible. Keeping a daily log of notes in a place that can be accessed quickly works quite well to ensure those thoughts are not lost in the moment.
The act of journaling can also improve the following: IQ, communication skills, memory, emotional intelligence and creativity. Many of the most influential and successful figures in human history kept (and still keep!) a journal. Just a few minutes a day of thought collection and creative expression can have a profound effect on your emotional state.
Here are some articles to illustrate the health benefit of journaling:
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