Pen your way to inner peace!

Posted by Jan Lawrence

Don’t bottle up your feelings. Often stress occurs out of frustration and lack of communication. Learn positive ways to express your feelings and desires to people who may be causing you stress. If it isn’t possible to express your feelings, or it doesn’t seem appropriate, then there is an alternative.  Put your feelings on paper in a diary. Often the simple act of ‘getting it off your chest’ in an appropriate manner will reduce your stress level. This tip is supported by research.  For example, a study at the University of New York found that after 70 people with either asthma or rheumatoid arthritis wrote about their most stressful experience for 20 minutes a day for 3 consecutive days, nearly half found that their physical discomforts had eased significantly (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999).