Journaling: Good for your health!

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):

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041487/body-week/8-tips-to-more-effective-journaling-for-health?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feedburner+fastcompany&utm_content=feedburner

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!

“Recently Added”

My “Journal to the Self” workshop on March 13-15, 2015 at beautiful Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV appears under “Recently Added” in the December Retreat Finder newsletter:

http://retreatfinder.com/Newsletter/14_12.aspx

My next Journal to the Self workshop session is Scheduled!

I was hoping to have one in January to help everyone whose New Year’s resolutions included “START JOURNALING.”  But the next available weekend at the Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV is March 13-15, 2015.  I’m going to try and find another location for a January date, so watch this space!  In the meantime, if you’d like to register for the March session, go to the Journaling Workshop tab and pay using PayPal.

Before the Holidays Arrive


With fall arriving September 22nd, it will be “the holiday season” before we know it.  Plenty of words have been written about not letting the holidays turn into stressful events that we can’t wait to be over.  Words about coping with grief when family and friends aren’t around to celebrate, or disappointment when expectations for a happy occasion aren’t met.  Reading all these words can be helpful, but WRITING about it all can help even more!

Here’s where journaling comes in.  There are journal techniques that will help you plan your time to make the holiday season go more smoothly.  Using others, you’ll gain the freedom to express some of those emotions that you’d rather not share with others.  At least one of the 18 different methods you’ll learn will help you understand a little better why you feel the way you do when those first turkey and pilgrim hat decorations begin showing up at the grocery store.

Sign up for a weekend-long Journal to the Self retreat at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV November 14-16.  Located at the base of Cacapon Mountain, the highest mountain in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the State Park is offering discounted accommodations for the 12-hour workshop.  For more information and to register, click here.

Helps with positive thinking!

Here’s the link to the article which has a second mention of journaling as well: 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-oprah-endorsed-happiness-guru-and-me/2014/05/30/1d9ad55c-e1bd-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.html

 

Journaling Weekends Scheduled

Thanks to the Cacapon State Park for providing a discount for lodging during the two weekends I’ll be teaching Journal to the Self workshops.  Come learn 18 different techniques to help you start up or expand your journal practice!  I’ll be writing about each technique over the next few weeks.  Go to the Journaling Workshops tab to register.

Weekend workshop flier