I think one of the biggest auxiliary benefits of writing every single day has been how at peace I am when I am writing.
I can think of few other places in time, other than writing, where I am wholly and completely absorbed in what I am doing. I am fully present. I am not checking my phone or browsing twitter.
I am staring at a blank screen.
Telling my hands to move.
And I am focusing on being present and translating my thoughts into words.
This has been an extreme source of relaxation for me.
I realize, the more I learn about myself, that trying to multi-task and worry about numerous things at once, is inefficient and not enjoyable for me.
When I let my mind wander on life's problems, I find there are infinite things to worry about. (is this bad?) (perhaps...why cannot I just sit and wander in peace).
Rather, I purposefully gate my thoughts to only encompass what I want to think about in the moment.
This has both pros and cons.
On the positive side...this mentality lets me fully efficient and productive during moments where I am completely absorbed and present.
On the negative side...it does not always work well with the rest of society in that I have to purposefully avoid talking about certain issues and problems.
I make an extremely cognizant effort to do this and not let my worries flood into my day to day.