Healthy Well Being with a Diary or Journal
In today’s world, we face more stressors than ever. The fast pace of our daily lives can exhaust us. Add a stressful, life-altering event and we have a recipe for disaster. Learning a few healthy well being coping measures. They can be a life saver.
Feeling Over-Whelmed by Illness or Trauma?
Illness and/or traumatic events can be more than we can handle. They can have an awful effect on healthy well being. One way to help process whatâ€™s happening without becoming overwhelmed is to write down your thoughts in a personal journal.
Writing about our lives helps reduce our stress level and can actually improve our overall health. Start out by setting a timer for at least eight minutes and write whatever comes to mind. It isnâ€™t necessary to look at your journal as an every day obligation. Look at it as a kind of friend you want it to be.
A North Dakota State University research project asked people suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma and arthritis to write about their lives in a journal for one hour per week. In the months after they started their journals, 47 percent of the patients showed a measurable improvement in symptoms. They began to achieve a healthy well being.
Free & Healing: Hugs for Health
The small acts that comfort us and show us our connection to other people are not trivial. A hug is a means of giving and receiving affection â€“ as well as a significant source of stress relief and comfort to our bodies. A brief hug from a loved one can reduce the effects of stress on blood pressure and heart rate by half, according to a study at the University of North Carolina.
Summary…get a fresh notebook (or using your computer) and starting writing down your thoughts and your feelings. Then go find a loved one a share a hug!
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