There is one activity that can help improve lung function in asthmatics, lower pain and severity of arthritis sufferers, improve cognitive function, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress in trauma survivors (and people in general), and improve grades and job performance. The activity is keeping a journal and can be done by just about everyone, no matter their ability (except they need to know how to write/type) nor their financial status. It can be hand-written or typed on a computer and in the very least requires a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. Keeping a journal is more than just recording the daily happenings of ones life. It is recording the emotions and thoughts of the author as well. When you include your emotions and thoughts surrounding events, you are better able to achieve your goals, learn about yourself, clarify and strengthen relationships, and you improve your writing and communication skills.
Here are a few tips for effective journal keeping:
-Buy a journal you like and a nice pen. Of course, this is optional, but I personally find I am more apt to write if I have something nice to write in and write with. You can also always keep your journal on your computer.
-Set aside 10-20 minutes every day, or every few days, to write. If you miss a day or even several days, just go right back to it. If you do not have 10 minutes available, write for as long as you can.
-Not sure what to write? Just start writing. Write about your day or an event in your life. Write about your dreams or your wishes. The words will come as you begin to write.
-Keep your journal private. You are less likely to self-censor if you are only writing for yourself.
-Don't worry about neatness or grammar. Just getting your thoughts out on paper is the most important part.