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How to Write Away Your Blues

Last updated:

December 28, 2011

For many stressed caregivers, keeping a daily diary or journal is a terrific way to offload stress. A large body of research has recorded the stress-easing benefits of sharing your thoughts in the neutral, nonjudgmental safety of a piece of paper. Journaling can help you resolve differences with others, solve problems, and even boost your immunity. Recently a study of testicular cancer patients who journaled found that those who kept diaries of positive thoughts had the strongest mental health benefits. One easy type of positive diary to begin: A gratitude journal, in which you jot down a few things a day that you feel grateful for, even on bummer days and in hard situations.

-- Paula Spencer Scott