Journaling is an effective way to cope with the feelings of uncertainty that come with a cancer diagnosis. Recent studies show that even one 20-minute writing session may be enough to change the way people with cancer think and feel about their illness almost immediately. Even three weeks later, researchers found that just the one writing session still had a positive effect on the person’s quality of life. Writing thoughts down helps people express their feelings, clarify goals, and cope with stress in a healthier way.
There is no right or wrong way to journal. Here are a few ideas to get your writing routine started:
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