Psychologists tell us that keeping our emotions in can actually hinder healing. But airing your thoughts and feelings in a safe place has been shown to be a big help in fighting any disease and symptoms.
One study found that women with breast cancer who wrote about their feelings had significantly fewer symptoms than those who wrote about the facts of their disease. Physical function was improved for kidney cancer patients who did expressive writing exercises, according to another. Scientists and medical professionals are finding that the mind is a powerful healing tool.
Whether you write, draw, or paste pictures that express your feelings, the journal will be a helpful addition to treatment or support group. It also makes a thoughtful gift for a loved one who is dealing with disease.