Journaling has many cognitive benefits. Starting daily journal entries can delay loved ones declining cognitive abilities.
Particular areas of the brain shrink with ageing. The brain affects memory, problem solving, multi-taking and attention, which are used for socialisation and everyday tasks.
Daily journal entries can improve brain function and health. Help loved ones create a new habit of journaling five minutes a day. Keep reading to see how it can improve their quality of life.
Improve Brain Function
Journaling is a work out for the brain. It requires concentration and exercises written communication, as well as handwriting legibility.
Get loved ones to write about their day. This engages their memory to describe events, name people and specific places. Consistent journaling can improve memory retention and problem solving.
Provides Perspective on Life
A journal is an opportunity to reflect. This writing style helps loved ones consider past events. With the benefit of hindsight, they may begin to think differently about what people said or did and why it happened.
Writing from the perspective of other people create empathy and provide insight on life experiences. This can be done occasionally to make writing fun.
Process Feelings and Experiences
Taking time in the day to write helps make connections between feelings and experiences. Writing can be therapeutic and underlying feelings can be recognised. This provides a better understanding of why loved ones may feel sad, anxious or frightened. Reflection helps process feeling and can lift emotional burdens.
Enhance Positive Emotions
Writing down feelings and using them to create a positive outlook can create resilience and enthusiasm.
Get your loved one to write down how they feel, how they would prefer to feel and the impact of the preferred emotion on their physical and mental state. This will promote positive thinking and behaviour.
Journals can be used in many ways to improve health. Simply give your loved one a notebook and start writing to gain the cognitive benefits.
For more tips on journaling for improved brain function, visit The Senior Care Network.