A remarkable new study claims that you can get rid of your stress, or at least dull it, by simply writing about your feelings.
If you struggle with stress on a daily basis, you may be desperate to find some way to deal with it. Scientists may have found one simple little trick you can do to deal with it: write about your feelings.
The study, which was published in the journal Psychophysiology, represents the first piece of neural evidence that expressive writing can reduce or even eliminate stress on your brain. Scientists think that worrying takes up real estae in your brain, and people are often trying to monitor and suppress worries on other tasks as they don a task, which just leads to intense stress.
The findings show that if you are able to get worries out of your head through the power of expressive writing, it frees up that brain real estate to focus only on the task your working on, and that makes you more efficient and less stressed overall.
“Worrying takes up cognitive resources; it’s kind of like people who struggle with worry are constantly multitasking — they are doing one task and trying to monitor and suppress their worries at the same time,” Hans Schroder, an MSU doctoral student in psychology and a clinical intern at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospita, said in a statementl. “Our findings show that if you get these worries out of your head through expressive writing, those cognitive resources are freed up to work toward the task you’re completing and you become more efficient.”