For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community
 
 
Journaling

How can keeping a journal help you?

Many Cancer Fighters® members have discovered the health benefits of journaling.

They have found that writing—even for just a few minutes a day—can bring about mental, emotional and cognitive health benefits. These benefits can help them cope better with the mental and physical challenges of living with cancer or taking care of a loved one who has cancer.

Research shows that journaling can relieve stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. It can even improve your cognitive function and boost your immune system. Writing removes mental blocks, letting you harness the power of your mind, improve your focus and help you solve problems more effectively, according to an article published in PsychCentral.

Read more about writing

Enjoy these three great articles on how journaling helps, and how to make it part of your life.

Why Writing is Good for Your Health. Writing about distressing events helps people heal, reduce stress and make sense of painful events. Read more on CancerFightersThrive.com.

Write What You Know: Writing a Cancer Narrative Can Provide Emotional Healing. Experts agree that the process of writing your own story can be very therapeutic for those living with cancer. Read more on CancerFightersThrive.com.

Writing Your Way through Cancer. Writing can help patients find meaning in what could be described as an unpredictable and distressing life event. Read more on CancerCenter.com.

Mind-body medicine

Journaling is just one of many techniques for linking physical health with psychological and spiritual wellness. Learn more about mind-body medicine.

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