115. Keeping a Diary for Your Health
Many people think that keeping a diary is
that teenage girls do. It's seen as a
to write down who you have a crush
, a place to write down secrets, things you
't want anyone else to know. The stereotype is
only women keep diaries. In fact, your diary
't have to have pink flowers on it. Keeping
diary, also called a journal, is a very
tradition. It can be useful for many different
of people. Many famous people have kept diaries.
powerful people have kept diaries. Some of these
include famous writers and even presidents.
is said to have health benefits. It improves
just mental and emotional health, but also physical
. Studies show that keeping a diary, that is,
out thoughts daily, can decrease asthma and arthritis
. Writing uses your left brain, which is analytical
rational. While your left brain is busy, your
brain is free to create and feel. This
mental blocks and allows you to use all
your brain power to better understand yourself, others,
the world around you.
The key to successful
keeping is not editing, which means not stopping
thoughts from coming through. This even means allowing
that disturb you to come out in your
. It helps clarify your feelings, and is especially
if a person is faced with a hard
. Sometimes just writing down the pros and cons
you better understand an issue. You begin to
a problem from different angles. This is helpful
you are having a disagreement with others.