Back in the days of my youth, girls were often gifted a journal (read: diary) with a key lock. Supposedly the concept was to record secret and private thoughts. Well, journaling is no longer old-fashioned, or just for women. It’s something you can do to better yourself and improve your business and even your health. Journaling does more than just help you to record your memories or find self-expression. It’s good for your health.

Looking to Build Your Real Estate Business? Try Journaling.

Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider journaling:

It reduces stress. An overabundance of stress can be damaging to your physical, mental, and emotional health. Journaling is a stress management tool, a habit that lessens impact of physical stressors on your health. In fact, a study showed that expressive writing (like journaling) for only 15 to 20 minutes a day over the course of a four-month period was enough to lower blood pressure and improve liver functionality. 

Improves immune function. Believe it or not, expressive writing can strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Those who journal boast improved immune system functioning (it strengthens immune cells) as well as lessened symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Expressive writing has been shown to improve liver and lung function and combat certain diseases; it has even been reported to help the wounded heal faster. Surprising, right?

Keeps memory sharp. Journaling helps keep your brain in tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension, it also increases working memory capacity, which may reflect improved cognitive processing.

Boosts mood. Want more sunshine in your life? Try journaling. A unique social and behavioral outcome of journaling is this: it can improve your mood and give you a greater sense of overall emotional well-being and happiness.

Strengthens emotional functions. Related to mood is how journaling benefits overall emotional health. As journaling habits are developed, benefits become long-term, meaning that writers become more in tune with their health by connecting with inner needs and desires. Journaling evokes mindfulness and helps writers remain present while keeping perspective. It presents an opportunity for emotional catharsis and helps the brain regulate emotions. It provides a greater sense of confidence and self-identity. Journaling can help in the management of personal adversity and change, and emphasize important patterns and growth in life.

If you are worried about your writing skills, who cares? Nobody will see your journal but you. And, it is all about gaining perspective and maintaining good health while working in the field of real estate. The companion journal to the Pipeline Planner is a good place to start. Check it out today!