This week’s writing prompt: Write About What Is Stressing You Out.

April is National Stress Awareness Month in the United States. And according to a recent American Psychological Association survey, U.S. Adults Report Highest Stress Level Since Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more than 80% of Americans reported emotions associated with prolonged stress, and “2 in 3 adults (67%) said the number of issues America is facing is overwhelming to them.”

While writing about something that stresses you out may seem counterintuitive at first, studies have shown that writing in a journal or engaging in expressive writing can significantly reduce stress levels. According to studies covered in this Psychology Today article, “researchers found that expressive writing led to reduced blood pressure, improved immune system functioning, fewer visits to the doctor and shorter stays in the hospital, improved mood, reduced symptoms of depression, improved memory, and more.”

Writing about what stresses you out can also offer much-needed clarity and perspective about what you’re going through, and about what’s stressing you out. And can lead to better performance. Note this study: Writing About Testing Worries Boosts Exam Performance in the Classroom.

With a worldwide pandemic going on for over a year now, chances are high that something is stressing you out right now. Perhaps it’s a new job or a loss of a job? A sick loved one? The socio-economic state of the world or the city you live in? The increase in race-related violence we’ve been seeing? A good friend’s political stance? Whatever it is, writing about it will help you and others cope and gain a much-needed perspective.

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