Keeping a Journal: Build a Bigger Brain

Keeping a Journal: Build a Bigger Brain

US News reports that keeping a journal is a powerful mental health tool. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Journaling can provide general wellness and self-improvement benefits such as making you more self-aware, boosting creativity and helping you build better habits. And “Writing about things that have frustrated or upset can help you to let go of some of the stress and gain perspective”.

Stress, as we’ve covered previously, can damage almost every aspect of health.

Do you have a friend or family member who is obviously bright but struggles with certain exams such as the SAT? Keeping a journal (I refuse to turn “journal” into a verb) or “expressive writing” may improve that as well. Hans Schroder PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Jason Moser, PhD and Director of the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab at Michigan State, performed a study on students that had anxiety that affected their test results. The research indicated that anxiety was using some of their working memory, adversely affecting their ability to take exams successfully. If they wrote about their thoughts and concerns prior to the exam, however, their performance improved. As reported “Expressive writing may serve to ‘offload’ worries from working memory, therefore relieving the distracting effects…” Research details here. Link to US News here.

Might just help.

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