Change in Mindset Journals
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- Increase self-awareness allowing us to identify unhealthy patterns in our thoughts and behaviours. This gives us a greater control over our lives and can help us shift from a negative mindset to a more positive one (Robinson, 2017).
- Reduce stress and anxiety which helps to improve sleep.
- Getting things out of our head and onto a piece of paper increases working memory (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).
- Journaling uses the analytical, rational left side of the brain and the creative, emotional right side of the brain. This helps promote creativity, problem solving and improves our sense of wellbeing.
- Increase optimism and, as a result, happiness and health (Froh, Sefick & Emmons, 2008).
- Improve the immune system and strengthen immune cells. Studies have shown it reduces symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis and one study showed that expressive writing (journaling) for only 15-20 minutes a day 3 – 5 times over the course of a 4-month period was enough to lower blood pressure and improve liver function.
- Journaling is a powerful accountability tool and because of this it helps people make progress towards achieving their goals (Emmons & Mishra, 2011) and improves outcomes of exercise and diet regimes.
- Make people friendlier, more open and more likely to engage in prosocial behaviours, which can enhance
- and expand social networks (Seligman, Steen, Park & Peterson, 2005).