Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Blogging Is Good For Your Health

When I searched for a link for a health article in the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, I found it was first published

10 ways to improve your health in 2006
By Julie Deardorff, Tribune health and fitness reporter

Chicago Tribune
January 8, 2006

Most of the tips are things we hear all the time - exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, etc. But #5 shows us that blogging is now in the top ten health tips:

5. Do the write thing

Deepak Chopra, medical doctor and proponent of alternative medicine, calls journaling "one of the most powerful tools we have to transform our lives," but don't just take his word for it. Start one. Journaling helps release and process emotions, it provides clarity and can help you find your inner voice.

"Your writings, musings and doodles are a way to talk to your soul," writes Sandy Grason in "Journalution" (New World Library, $14.95).

There is no best or right way to journal. Pick a medium--a spiral notebook, a blank book labeled "diary," drawing paper, a computer--then write whatever you want whenever the mood hits. An obsessive journaler since 4th grade (I have more than 70 notebooks), I favor a portable, lined desk journal by Raika that is small enough to carry at all times.

Don't know where to start? Write what you eat every day. (It could help you lose weight.) Write what you do. Write what you feel. Eventually, journaling will become a natural habit, a conversation with yourself. And although you might not want to go back and re-read some of the darker moments you've chronicled (feel free to rip these pages up), your journal inevitably will preserve precious snapshots of your life.

1 comment:

  1. The down side is showing the world the inner working off ones mind! In my case it might just get me sectioned in a mental institution.


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