According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stress is the number one delivery system for disease in America today.
When we are under stress which is very common now, the human body goes into the,”Fight or Flight’ response.
Under even mild stress the body goes through many immediate changes, not the least of which is the release of the, Stress Hormones, cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These stress hormones will produce a state of inflammation in the body. If we could talk to a human cell and ask it, what is the best scenario under which you would morph into a disease state? The cell, if you could talk would say, put me in inflammation!
With the incredibly high amount of stress that people are under today, be it a bad relationship, bad boss, bad job, financial concerns or health issues, people are putting themselves into highly inflammatory states and this is wreaking havoc on the health of these people. People like you and me and our families, friends and loved ones!
One bright spot in light of all of this is that there is a mountain of scientific evidence that proves that the simple act of keeping a journal does wonders for our immune system and ultimately our health. Specifically, it is been shown that the simple act of journaling can increase the number of our “T” Cells, those cells that are responsible for seeking out and destroying disease in our body through our immune system.
And the even better news is, it doesn’t matter what you journal about it could be your daily events and experiences, the weather or even serious psychological issues or trauma that you have experienced, the mere act of journaling these things produces this effect which is incredibly powerful and healthy. We all understand that stress is pretty much unavoidable in our day-to-day lives but there are things we can do to mitigate the effects of the stress. Things such as deep diaphragm and breathing, meditation and indeed keeping a journal and expressively writing about anything and everything we want to. The scientific evidence is overwhelming and the practice of journaling is not only healthy but easy and fun to do and all the while we are creating a legacy of our written words for future generations to get to know and understand us, even those we will never meet.
It’s free, easy and fun to do and it does not take long, even just a few minutes a day or every other day is very effective. If you’re not already doing so why not begin this incredibly powerful habit right now?