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How journalling helps you beat stress — for real!

Put pen to paper to help your mind and body be as healthy as possible.

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Need proof that worrying taxes the mind and body?

Here it is: A new study from Ohio University reveals that spending too much time sweating the small stuff can cause chronic inflammation — and contribute to a host of problems, like heart disease, depression, diabetes and arthritis. So what’s the best way to stamp out stress? Researcher Peggy Zoccola suggests an easy, “novel” trick you can do anywhere: journalling! “In addition to getting your emotions out, writing about a distressing event helps you create a story, find meaning in it and move on.”

Try it today: Next time you feel overwhelmed, put pen to paper — and spill your guts!

See our five favourite journals below:

Chatelaine 1948 notebook

A Chatelaine notebook featuring a cover from September 1948, $9, Indigo.ca

My Handy Little Health Journal, $15, ecwpress.com

My Handy Little Health Journal, $15, ecwpress.com

Light Brown Vegan Faux Leather Journal with Heart Key Charm Bookmark

Light Brown Vegan Faux Leather Journal with Heart Key Charm Bookmark, $27, etsy.com

Classic black Moleskin

Classic black Moleskin, $13, moleskin.com

Michael Roger Inc., Parsley Notebook

Michael Roger Inc., Parsley Notebook, $8, holtrenfrew.com