From The Huffington Post:
Even with the popularity of blogs, Tumblrs and social media, it seems that the death of the pen-and-paper diary isn’t to be expected anytime soon. Generations of adolescents and adults have turned to journals to organization their thoughts and seek meaning in their experiences, and millennials are keeping the tradition going strong.
The therapeutic benefits of keeping a diary are many, from sparking creativity to reducing stress to promoting self-knowledge. Even if Tumblr is your medium of choice, here are five reasons to shut your laptop, sit down with a cup of tea, open a notebook and get writing. Even 20 minutes per day could result in the following benefits:
1. It forces you to unplug and recharge.
Although surfing the Web and connecting with friends on social media sites can sometimes have a relaxing impact, sometimes there’s nothing better to quiet a busy mind than to unplug your phone and computer for an hour and sit alone with your thoughts. Recent studies have found that even with the advent of social media, increasing number of teen girls are choosing to unplug and enjoy the benefits of keeping traditional diaries.
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4. Journaling can help you to “throw away” negative thoughts.
According to a study published last year in the journal Psychological Science, writing thoughts down and physically throwing them in the garbage can be an effective way to clear your mind. The study, conducted on high school students in Spain, found that in the case of the teens who wrote down negative body-image thoughts and threw them away, the negative thoughts did not later impact their body image.
“Of course, even if you throw the thoughts in a garbage can or put them in the recycle bin on the computer, they are not really gone — you can regenerate them,”Richard Petty, one of the researchers behind the study, said in a statement. “But the representations of those thoughts are gone, at least temporarily, and it seems to make it easier to not think about them.”
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