The results are in, and writing has incredible benefits for your body and soul.
Find out how writing can improve cognitive function, alleviate anxiety, build resilience, calm physical pain, boost immunity, and naturally relieve stress.
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A wealth of published studies have shown that writing has both mental and physical benefits!
IMPROVE COGNITIVE FUNCTION
In a 2005 Australian meta-analysis of thirteen different studies, "researchers found that expressive writing led to reduced blood pressure, improved immune system functioning, fewer visits to the doctor and shorter stays in the hospital, improved mood, reduced symptoms of depression, improved memory, and more."
According to an analysis published in Psychology Today, "One proven coping mechanism is journaling. A significant body of evidence demonstrates that recording thoughts and feelings on a regular basis helps people identify and process negative emotions, and ultimately alleviate anxiety."
"Writing your personal history also can be a therapeutic tool as you explore issues that may still trouble you. Written exposed therapy, was just as effective as traditional cognitive processing therapy in treating adults with post-traumatic stress disorder." - Harvard Medical School
CALM PHYSICAL PAIN
U.S. News and World Report noted that, "In recent years, research has found that expressive writing improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis; helps with recovery from childhood sexual abuse and postpartum depression; and improves the state of mind in those with Parkinson's, cancer and many other health conditions."
According to NBC News, "Daily writing about emotionally significant experiences can improve our immune system, probably in a way not totally different from exercise, which is by reducing the chemicals that stress releases in our bodies."
NATURALLY RELIEVE STRESS
"Journaling is a naturally calming technique. It forces us to slow down a bit and get in a rather hypnotic rhythm, collect our thoughts and feelings, and express them." -Dr Nancy Irwin, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist in the Zoe Report