Professor Pete Alexander

Stress Relief Tool – Journaling

Journaling allows you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, providing you stress relief in the process.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may need to just get it all out of your head. Journaling allows you to clarify your thoughts and feelings, thereby gaining valuable self-knowledge.

It’s also a good problem-solving tool because, oftentimes, you can hash out a problem and come up with solutions more easily on paper.

As a stress management and self-exploration tool, journaling works best when done consistently, but even occasional, sporadic journaling can be stress relieving, especially if it incorporates gratitude or emotional processing.1

Journaling can also help you immediately before a stressful event like taking a test. In one study, students highly anxious about taking tests who wrote down their thoughts beforehand received an average grade of B+. They were compared with the highly anxious students who didn’t write and received an average grade of B-. Writing about their worries for 10 minutes before an upcoming exam leveled the playing field such that those students who usually got most anxious during exams were able to overcome their fears and perform up to their potential.2

Give journaling a try and see if it provides you with stress relief.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Scott, E. – The Benefits of Journaling for Stress Management
  2. EurekAlert! – Writing About Worries Eases Anxiety And Improves Test Performance

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.


Hi guys , very useful post there are indeed many ways to deal with stress . Personally i use CBD oil products of a very high quality to do that . I highly recommend if you are looking for CBD products that can truly help you reduce the everyday stress .

Professor Pete Alexander

Thanks for the suggestion John! While CBD can help, I suggest to my readers that they check with their doctors first before turning to substances to help them relax. I grew up in a highly dysfunctional family whose members would numb themselves with alcohol and marijuana in good times and bad, and the bad times would get worse because they couldn’t handle the intoxication. In my experience it is more effective to etch your failures into your brain so that you can ensure you learn from them and not make the same mistakes in the future.

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