Journal to worry less.

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Expressive writing — recording your feelings and worries — can help to get rid of your fears and ultimately help you perform better, whether you’re preparing for an exam or giving a big presentation. Worrying is similar to multitasking, in that you’re simultaneously doing a task and thinking about it. In a recent study, students who were identified as chronically anxious were assigned a computer-related task. Half the students were asked to write about their deepest thoughts and feelings beforehand, while the other half wrote about what they did the previous day. Those who did the expressive writing performed the task more efficiently, using fewer brain resources. The idea is that by off-loading your thoughts, you have more brain power to complete the task at hand. Try it out, and see if putting pen to paper transforms you.

Source: The effect of expressive writing on the error-related negativity among individuals with chronic worry.

“Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.” Joan Didion

Posted on December 28, 2018 and filed under wellness.