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The New Habit Challenge: Will Journaling Our Accomplishments Make Us Less Stressed?

Join our resident habit expert Rachel Gillett and other Fast Company editors on Friday, November 7 at 11 a.m. ET as we discuss what happened when we focused on the good to destress.

Is there a way to break our addiction to stress?

According to one expert, the more we experience stress, the more we form a neurochemical dependence on it. And anything from work itself to our home or social lives can contribute to this stress at work.

While stress isn’t always a bad thing, more often than not too much of it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress contributes to up to 90% of all medical visits.

But researchers from the University of Minnesota may have a simple solution: during a recent study they found that noting your accomplishments and positive events at the end of the day and why those things made you feel good helps to reduce your stress levels.

Much like non-work-related stressors can cause burnout at work, non-work-related positive events also decreased stress levels at work. According to the study, 40% of the end-of-day reflections had nothing to do with work and they still contributed to lower stress levels.

For this week's habit challenge, several of us at Fast Company are putting this idea to the test by listing our accomplishments at the end of each day. Join us for a live chat at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, November 7 to find out if these daily reflections lowered our stress levels.

Did you try journaling your accomplishments? Tell us about your experience in the "make a comment" box below or join in the discussion on Friday.
    I've been doing this for the past six months doing a variation. I journal every day using Google docs about things that I did that struck an emotional chord, be it good or bad. A psychologist told me this is a good way to begin processing emotions and feelings. Once written down and expressed, we can begin to reflect and thus, de stress and heal. It's also a reference to look back and see how we may be stressed over something little in retrospect.
    by Harry in CAlifornia edited by Rachel Gillett 11/7/2014 2:13:58 PM
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