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What exactly is journaling?

Journaling is a cheap and effective method of self-reflection and self-care that’s been practised for thousands of years. The idea behind it is that you take some time out of your day, call it a ritual, to write in your journal. 

What you choose to capture in your journal is entirely up to you. Some go free-flow, some use prompts, but ultimately what you write depends on what you want to get out of it. 

It’s been found that journaling can help improve sleep and immune function, and even help physical wounds heal quicker. 

Relieve stress and deal with trauma

One of the reasons people begin journaling is to help them deal with the stresses and traumas that life can throw at you. Thinking and writing use different bits of your brain and this may be one of the ways that journaling can help. The evidence is that people are able to better deal with the stress and anxiety and as a result, you’re likely to feel more relaxed and better equipped to deal with challenges in your life.

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