For centuries, journaling has been a form of expression and exploration. Many people who never went on to be authors kept journals as a means of better understanding themselves and the world around them.
Conflict is an inevitable and natural part of our relationships. Unfortunately, though, many of us buckle under the stress of conflict because we have not yet acquired the skill of approaching conflict with creative thinking.
Humor, creativity, and play shake up our habitual ways of rigid thinking so that we can approach life with a more positive and confident attitude. When we are able to laugh during stressful situations, we can better maintain a balanced and healthy perspective.
Emotional Intelligence involves sharpening our communication skills, particularly in how we listen and respond nonverbally to others. It also pertains to our ability to assess and interpret the body language of others.
Emotional intelligence is essential for coping in high-distress moments when you are more likely to experience more intensified emotions and to react impulsively.
Whether we fight, take flight, or freeze under pressure, our instinctual responses to stress shut us down from what we are feeling and disconnect us from our core emotions.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a level of emotional awareness that goes deeper than our instinctual flight, fight, or freeze response in stressful situations and allows us to identify, regulate, and express emotions in balanced and beneficial ways.
Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a protein found in the brain and spinal cord that helps our neurons, or brain cells, to grow, mature, and survive.
A journal is a valuable tool on the road to recovery because it allows you to form a new identity as you release past memories and habits while honoring your present emotions and thoughts.