I think we can all agree that stress can and will show up when you’re trying to buy or sell a home in this crazy market! Studies even show that relocating your home can add a ton of stress to the person or family that’s moving.
One of my favourite things about my job is getting to help my clients manage and even remove some of the stressors that come up. But I don’t just help my clients de-stress, I also enjoy taking care of my stress levels too. Here’s the #1 thing I like to do in stressful (and non-stressful times) to help me feel better…
Journaling is a great way to reflect on the past and prepare for the future, AND it is scientifically proven to work! That’s why I’m going to share with you some big benefits of journaling, different ways you can journal, and my advice on how often to journal in order to make a positive impact on your stress levels.
Stress Reduction I’m starting with this one because stress is what motivated me to start journaling. Writing your thoughts in a notebook can help process and overcome stress.
In one study, students who journaled about their stress or anxiety about an upcoming test overperformed students who only journaled about what the test topic was.
Relief In Tough Times People who spent 15 minutes twice a week journaling about a stressful event later reported feeling less anxious and depressed, especially if they were struggling before.
Improves Health Journalling keeps you healthy! Patients living with chronic health conditions saw physical improvements after writing consistently about stressful or negative experiences.
Improves Memory Writing about your thoughts and emotions frees up space in your memory and improves its function at the same time! Emotional Well-Being Repeat journalling increases emotional intelligence, helping you to process thoughts and feelings in a healthier way.
If you want to set yourself up for success before, during or even after a big move, grab yourself a journal!
If you just rolled your eyes because you can’t see yourself grabbing a pen and notebook and writing for 15 minutes, try googling different types of journaling. I did, and these options pop up: Bullet Journalling This is where you write your thoughts down in bullet points, which is great for those who love structure and lists!
Blank Notebook Journaling Just let your creativity take over! Great for stream-of-consciousness journaling.
Instead of traditional writing, draw or tape your journal in mementos. Great for creatives and those who prefer illustrations to words.
Focus on writing about what you're grateful for each day. Great for guided, structured journaling.
The clients that work with me, either buying or selling their homes, are surprised when I tell them about journaling! It really isn’t my place as a realtor to give advice on the mental/emotional well-being of my clients, but I thought I would share because it works for me- and I know it can work for you too! (Remember, it’s scientifically proven)
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Elsie Jungas, REALTOR Dunnville, ON