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    Health Matters: Journaling for When You’re Worried About Your Health

    “You’re going to need a biopsy.”

    I hadn’t expected to hear those words. My head felt heavy as I tried to process the weight of what the radiologist had just said to me.

    It was just supposed to be a routine mammogram.

    Instead, I was facing a potentially life-changing diagnosis, and that realization created a tsunami-sized wave of anxiety within me.

    I waited for a full week for the biopsy.

    And then I waited another three days for my test results.

    During those fear-filled days that I spent waiting, I was grateful for the blank pages of my journal. There, I was able to unload my anxiety. There, I was able to release the range of emotions that bubbled up inside me. There, I was able to play out “what ifs” and “worst case scenarios”—just in case. And between my worries, I also managed to find glimpses of hope and gratitude on the pages as well.

    In the end, I received the good news I was hoping for: the area of concern turned out to be benign. But what I learned through that journey is that expressive writing can be an incredibly powerful tool when you’re worried about your health.

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    Health Matters: Halting the Hustle Through Journaling

    From side hustles to double-booked calendars, busyness has become the norm for many. While being passionate and committed to a goal can certainly provide a sense of meaning and purpose, it can also...

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    Health Matters: The Latest Health Benefits of Journaling

    Journaling has been widely recognized as a therapeutic form of self-expression, and many health benefits have been tied to the practice. As researchers and psychologists continue to study expressive...

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    Health Matters: How to Create a Personal Health Journal

    Do you have a health journal? A place to record the significant changes, milestones, and events that directly (or indirectly) impact your health and well-being?

    This article walks you through the...

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    Health Matters: Unclutter Your Mind with Journaling

    Cluttered minds create cluttered lives.

    Have you ever noticed how much harder life feels when your mind is weighed down with negative thoughts? Mind clutter can make it difficult to see things as...

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    Health Matters: 100 Health Journal Prompts

    Journaling is a powerful self-care tool, which also makes it a powerful healthcare tool. By examining your thoughts, emotions, and desires within the pages of your journal, you can realign your...

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    Health Matters: What to Include in a Food Journal

    Journaling has many purposes and many benefits. If you’re trying to be more mindful of your eating habits, starting a food journal is one of the best ways to keep track of things. It can hold you...

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    Health Matters: Mood Journaling for Your Health

    Your mood influences your health.

    In fact, it probably plays a much bigger role than you realize.

    Research shows that a bad mood can damage your heart, interfere with sleep, and increase your risk...

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    Health Matters: Body Positivity Journaling

    There’s no doubt about it: journaling is good for your health.

    Journaling is a deeply therapeutic and healing exercise, especially during life’s more challenging moments. Mari L. McCarthy’s book, ...

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