Want Less Stress – Write About The Positive
Want less stress in your life? The UK Daily Mail is reporting on a good way to experience less stress and anxiety. Truth is you already know it, its instinctive and your momma told you about it when you were young -- and yet here we are, on social media, doing just the opposite. The advice - Focus on the positive.
Research shows that when you journal or post or blog, whether you choose to write about positive or neutral emotions can make a difference.
A new study, published in the British Journal of Healthy Psychology, conducted the experiment. They had one group write about the most wonderful experiences of their life for 20 minutes per day for three consecutive days. The other told to write about a neutral topic, over the same time frame. All participants had their levels of anxiety and stress measured immediately before and after they completed their writing task.
You can take it from here. It was found those who wrote about positive experiences had a significantly greater decrease in anxiety compare to those who wrote about neutral topics. (imagine if they wrote about negative topics--like fighting about politics on facebook!)
During the four weeks after the study, participants reported on their physical health, stress and anxiety. It was found stress and anxiety decreased to a significantly greater extent for those who had written about positive experiences, compared with the levels reported before they wrote anything. (Daily Mail)