According to researchers at Harvard’s McLean Hospital, if you do something as simple as write down the things you are worried about prior to working on a task, you will perform the task better. They found putting them to paper (or in the Notes app on your phone) helped to keep the things people were worried about from distracting them.
And for those people who have trouble sleeping due to anxiety and stress, Dr. Travis Stork suggests keeping a pen and paper next to your bed and jotting down any of your worries before sleeping.
"It's a great way to clear your head and get a good night's sleep," he shares.
So, put down your phones, stop reading the news and your social media feeds, and start writing -- you just might sleep better and wake up feeling less stressed.