Until recently, I had resisted the idea of journaling. Though I love to write, I've always needed an audience. Keeping a journal always felt like talking to myself, kinda awkward. But since nothing else was working I decided to give it a try per Dr. Scott Brady's plan - 5 minutes mentally establishing a mind-body-spirit connection, 5 minutes challenging my subconscious, followed by 20 minutes of writing. I started last Sunday evening, Easter. I've done six days so far and this is what has happened. I'm wondering if these experiences are typical. Day 1 I just wrote a little about a childhood experience that I felt bad about. I felt a mild sense of relief when finished. Then, two hours after I went to sleep I woke up gasping for breath! Once I was fully awake I was breathing normally for awhile but feeling kinda spooked. After lying awake awhile I started gasping a bit again so I got up. My breathing normalized, and my muscles relaxed quite a bit. I got something to drink and suddenly my muscles got so tense I could barely move. It took me an hour or so to relax again, then I slept very well. During the next couple of days writing got easier, and the writing time started flying by. I wrote a lot about emotional issues past and present. I felt a mild sense of relief that lasted a couple of days. My muscles were slightly less tense and a teeny bit more flexible than usual. But for a day and a half I had a new pain in my heel that I've never had before. The last two days I wrote about a bully who beat me up multiple times in 6th grade and who picked on me a lot in 7th grade. I still haven't written all I can about this miserable time, so I expect to write more. The last two days my muscles got very tense and today I felt pretty depressed about life in general. So from day 1 I've been noticing subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in both my mental state and my physical state as the result of journaling. Have you folks experienced similar things at this stage in the process?