Demian Heald Talks about Three Ways How Journaling Can Help Us Manage Stress

Demian Heald is a lifelong Portlander who currently lives there with his wife and three kids. In 1999, he founded Ten Bridges Real Estate Investment as a product of his love for his hometown and real estate.

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We are faced with different kinds of stress whether at home, work, or school. However, when a person encounters too much stress, it becomes a serious problem. If not addressed, it can affect your health and the way you think, feel, and behave.

Furthermore, work-related stress, in particular, is caused by a number of reasons including workload, working environment, lack of support or resources, and relationships with co-workers. Nonetheless, according to Demian Heald, President of Ten Bridges Real Estate Investment, it should not take lightly because it affects not only you but also the people around you. Because of this, he believes that it is important to find ways to overcome stress. Otherwise, it will surely affect your health, productivity and your attitude towards your job and co-workers.

On the other hand, we know that people differ in ways of coping up with stress. Some choose to spend time with their family, hang out with friends, or engage in activities such as exercise and meditation. In contrast, others are more comfortable with having some time alone just listening to music or reading books.

If you are experiencing too much stress lately because of the pandemic and other reasons, you might find this article very helpful. We’ll be discussing some insights from Ten Bridges’ inspirational and visionary leader about how journaling helps him effectively handle stress.

About Demian Heald

Demian Heald is a lifelong Portlander who currently lives there with his wife and three kids. In 1999, he founded Ten Bridges Real Estate Investment as a product of his love for his hometown and real estate. For more than two decades now, he and his team at Ten Bridges have been bringing value to Portland, Oregon and their partner investors by purchasing, revitalizing, and repositioning undervalued and distressed properties in and around the city.

Demian is a graduate of University of Washington where he received his BS in Epidemiology and BA in Anthropology degrees.

Three Ways on How Keeping A Journal Can Reduce Stress

Aside from keeping track of events, keeping a journal allows you to write about your thoughts and feelings regarding things that take place in your life. And if you want to learn how you can reduce stress through journaling, start by writing or drawing your thoughts and feelings about stressful situations that you’ve been facing and try to do this consistently.

The question now is, how does this practice actually help?

First, Demian said that working on your journal consistently will lead to you having a better understanding of yourself. According to him, if you keep a record of how you feel and think about stressful events that happened in the past, it will be easier for you to recognize what triggers your stress. From there, you’ll be able to learn how you can control these things or figure out ways on how to resolve the problems.

Moreover, he also said that journaling allows you to practice positive self-talk. Once you are able to identify negative reactions, behavior, or thoughts you may have had, the best approach is to motivate yourself. Instead of feeling bad or worrying too much, encourage yourself with words like, “I can definitely do better next time” or “I’m better than this so I will not let this thing pull me down.”

Lastly, Demian shares that journaling teaches us to open up. According to him, the more you keep your feelings to yourself, the more they lead to stress and even illnesses. So instead of stuffing feelings down, why not write or draw them on your journal? This way, you can free your mind from thinking about all these things and become more productive.

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