Health tip: keep a diary/journal

Let’s distinguish first what a diary and a journal is. Often times, these two are being interchanged. If you google it, you will find a lot of comparison, which to me just boils down to this:

[“A diary is a record of how your day went. Whereas, a journal is a record of whatever you like to document. Both involve personal opinions, feelings, and experiences.”]

I’ve been keeping a Diary for so long just to realize that I may be keeping a Journal instead. Or maybe, a combination of both? Anyway, they mean the same thing to me. But for this article, let’s use ‘journal’ instead.

So why then am I writing about this? Simply because I’m bored. Lol. Just kidding. I’ve been curious actually if I’m still normal for keeping a journal at this age. Well, only a few nowadays does this. So, I consoled my friend google and asked the effects of keeping one to a person, and I was surprised to find that I am indeed normal. lol.

Did you know that keeping a journal is good for your health —psychologically, physically, and physiologically? Of course not. You can agree of the psychological benefits but physically and physiologically? I know a lot of people just became aware of it now. That includes me actually. 🙂

Let’s discuss the physical benefits first:

[There is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes (type of lymphocyte that play a central role in cell-mediated immunity). 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.]

As I understand it, keeping a journal improves one’s immune system. How cool is that?! And I agree that writing reduces stress based on experience, but I don’t get how stress relates to our immune system.

[According to Dr. Mary Meagher, “people exposed to chronic social conflict experience high levels of stress and consequent dysregulation of the immune system, thereby increasing vulnerability to infectious and autoimmune disease”.]

I still don’t get it. lol. Or am I just being slow today? So, if we are stressed, our immune system becomes weak, thus, will make us vulnerable to sickness and, one way to reduce stress is by journaling. Still, how does stress weakens the immune system? I’ve asked my friend google, and decided to let my curiosity go after reading a few articles. Simply not my language. lol.

Next, physiologically:

[“Physiology is the study of normal function within living creatures. It is a sub-section of biology, covering a myriad of topics including organs, anatomy, cells, biological compounds and how they interact together to make life possible.”]

Ahm, huh?? Study of normal function. What does this even mean?!

Because my brain just reached it’s limit for processing information for today, I recommend that you consult directly my friend google for more information about the physiological benefits of journaling. I tried and I think I just had a headache.

According to researchers whom I will not name because you won’t remember them anyway, Journaling has been proven to be one of many factors that improves one’s life especially to those who:

  • suffer from post traumatic stress

  • survived a natural disaster

  • have alcoholic parents

  • suffer from a chronic illness

  • went through a relationship breakup

  • have suicidal thoughts

  • are experiencing a loss of a loved one

  • struggling with their body image

And of course, many more to mention. Well, journaling is for everyone.

Other benefits include:

  1. Stretching your IQ (by improving your vocabulary)

  2. Attentiveness.

  3. Makes you realize your dreams and goals in life. (your journal will serve as a blueprint of your dreams/goals)

  4. Improves Emotional Intelligence.

  5. Boosts memory and comprehension

  6. Strengthen one’s self-discipline

  7. Improves communication skills

  8. Self-confidence booster.

  9. and many more: 100 Benefits of Journaling

Thinking of starting yours yet? 🙂

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