Journaling for Health: 5 Techniques


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1. Write about how you feel about everyday events; writing about the events is fine, but be sure to include the feelings.   The goal is to get the intense emotions on paper and out of your body/mind.

2. Write about the issues that are most impacting your life today, particularly any health concerns.

3.   Make a list of everything causing you stress—which can lead to ill-health,   then note what you can (or cannot) do about each item.

4.   If you can’t get an event out of your mind—like an unpleasant conversation with a co-worker—write what you wish the conversation had unfolded, in dialogue form.

5.   Create a mantra or positive affirmation, then journal ways to fulfill the affirmation. An example of a mantra might be:  “I am safe, my life is filled with peace. ” 

Finally, re-read your journals on a consistent basis, looking for self-defeating or negative patterns.

Patti Testerman is content manager at , the only online site that analyzes your writing and then gives you instant feedback. Want to discover self-defeating patterns, or find better ways to communicate in a relationship?  Check out our site.


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