The benefits of journaling seem to be in the news more and more these days. Recently, I saw this piece describing some of the physical health benefits to getting those thoughts out of your head and down on paper (or computer screen):
According to Dr. James Pennebaker, a psychologist and leading expert in the field of journaling, research studies have shown that journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes and is associated with drops in depression, anxiety, and increases in positive mood, social engagement, and quality of close relationships. The article quotes him as follows:
“We know from multiple studies that there are enhancements in immune function, drops in blood pressure, improvements in sleep, and drops in other markers of stress … Other studies find faster wound healing, greater mobility among people with arthritis, and the list goes on.”
If you’re interested in learning journaling techniques that could help you feel better physically as well as emotionally, sign up for my next Journal to the Self workshop the weekend of March 13-15 at the beautiful Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV.
See https://annehbarney.com/journaling-workshops/ to register for the next session!
Thank you for posting the article on journaling for health. I’ve been following your advice on the benefits of journaling and look foward to learning more about your workshops!
I wouldn’t have guessed that journaling would provide that many physical health benefits!