Daily Challenge Thursday Aug. 02, 2012

Emotional Health
Emotional Health

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Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.

Everyday Well-Being

Write for 5 minutes about 1 thing that's stressing you, so you can think about it more clearly.

How to do it

Take five minutes to write down something that's stressing you out and why it's stressing you out. Use the "hot pen" method: Write everything you can think of about your problem and don't lift the pen from the paper until the five minutes are up. (You can type instead if you want - just make sure to get all of your thoughts out.) When you finish, take a few slow breaths, and then read what you wrote.

Why it matters

Multiple studies have shown that writing about a stressful situation lowers stress and improves mental clarity in dealing with the problem. When something is making us anxious, we can get stuck in a cycle of repetitive thinking that is unproductive and actually stresses us out even more. Writing can break that cycle by giving you something to do, by allowing you to vent and get your problem out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Once there, you may be able to deal with it more objectively and with a bit more clarity.

Fun fact

In the 1960s, a company spent over one million dollars developing a ball point pen that astronauts could use in the zero-gravity conditions of space.

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