Did you know that journaling has both emotional as well as physical benefits? Studies conducted by James W. Pennebaker, and by Joshua M. Smyth and Stephen Lenore showed that consistent expressive writing boosted participant’s immune systems and helped them to regulate their emotions.

Tips for starting and keeping a journal:

~First and foremost, keep your journal private. When you know no one else will be reading your journal, you can be more honest and fully express yourself.

~Try to write consistently. You don’t need to write every single day to enjoy the benefits but try to write regularly.

~Turn off your inner grammar police. Just write and don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar.

~Allow yourself to get creative. Sometimes words aren’t enough. Use stickers, doodles, magazine cut outs, whatever you need to express your thoughts and ideas.