by Luz Dayrit, PT, DPT
When our mind is clogged with negative thoughts, it is harder to concentrate. These anxious thoughts start with one thought then it will spiral to another negative thought and before we know it, we have lost ourselves entirely in our thoughts. It comes without a warning.
Sometimes, it is innocent at first, but it has the power to affect our mood and overall health negatively. Being in the middle of a thought spiral is unsettling and can affect our ability to think greatly. Nowadays, where we are experiencing a pandemic and a nationwide social unrest, the state of our mental health might not be at its best. We might not be as motivated like we used to, or we might be more angry and anxious than usual. Although now is the time to verbalized our opinions and feelings, we are still allowed to take time in our day to have a mental break. Today, where we are mostly scared and confused, experts suggest that we should try journaling. Journaling is the act of writing down our thoughts and feelings about our life experiences in a thought journal or diary. This definition may not be enough to convince you of its effectiveness, but many scientific studies about it might persuade you to think otherwise.
Studies show that journaling can boost memory, mindfulness, and communication skills. It is proves to improve cognitive functioning, strengthen immune system response and prevent many negative effects of stress. Other studies show that journaling can also decrease symptoms of asthma, arthritis and other health conditions. In addition, it can help you to have better sleep. If this is not enough to convin