Introduction:I've long advocated for the merits of journaling. Now a study by researcher Melissa Anne Iseri concludes that the practice of therapeutic journaling soothes the excessive worrier.
Excessive worry is when we dwell on the possibilities. By imagining every possible negative scenario that might happen, we create unnecessary stress.
If you believe that you are an excessive worrier, the study could help soothe your worries.
Random participants were assigned to practice therapeutic journaling, for twenty minutes, three times a week. The other half of the group was told to write about neutral things three times a week.
To journal neutrally, instead of exploring fears and worries, one would write about events of their day.
Write about the desired outcome to your problem or worry in a positive light. Instead of thinking what could go wrong, think what could go right.
Think of the thing you are afraid of and come up with several positive ideas to cope with the fear.
If you are a chronic worrier, assign yourself 20-minute journaling sessions three times a week (or more). Write out your fears and try to turn the negativity into optimism. Look at the "sunny side". Ask yourself how the fear might benefit you if you faced it head on. Think of a constructive action.
For example, many people fear flying. Consider scheduling a short trip by airplane. When you board the plane, let the flight attendant know that this is your first flight and you are a little scared. Or, enlist a buddy to go with you.
Decide your constructive action and mark your calendar with a prospective date. Your energy will immediately lighten-up.
In the study, the participants who followed the journal practice three times a week for twenty minutes significantly reduced their worries in approximately a week. The neutral journalizers didn't prove a significant change.
The most significant benefits were experienced by those who were excessive worriers.
If you want to quit dwelling and start living a worry-less life, consider the benefits of the therapeutic journal.
Very informative list about therapeutic journaling. H5
Writing always makes me feel better! Great list :)
Wonderful list, thank you. H5!
Journaling is great for everyone! H5
Such a meaningful help to the person that worries to any degree.Your tips will guide them to wellness and soothe the journey for tomorrow to be worry free.A true health guide. Thank you.
I know someone I'm going to show this to. Excellent list!
Something I need to do. I tend to dwell on things to much. Thanks for this list.
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