Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Writing as a therapy
What are the benefits of writing?
Well, lots..writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health. For many people, the writing process is little more than a functional requirement of day-to-day living for others like me it is a way of life. People baffle me that manage to get through a day with very little writing. Writing to me is nothing short of an emotional lifeline.
People have used writing as a medium for emotional expression for decades, and for many individuals, it appears to remain one of the most effective means of articulating unexpressed or unexplored feelings.
The aim of therapeutic writing is not showcasing your educational skills - far from it. This is what irritates me so much about Grammar Nazis on social network forums. Places like facebook and forums are used by many as a way to express inner feelings safe behind a keyboard. When I interview people I always say to "let your passion flow and not be worried about spellings, writing etc."
As a child my writing was therapeutic, it was used as a purely private means of personal expression and reflection. I always maintained my diary of my innermost feelings into early adult life. Time passed by and my days became busier with becoming a Mummy. Being a Mother and wife was all I ever wanted to be I felt complete being a mother so now I blog about it...well that and all my other passions.
If you have an issue that is unresolved then write a letter to the person that hurt you, tell them how it made you feel at the time, how you feel now. You are never going to post it but write from the heart and be as honest as you can, the power of a letter is a great way to gain mental clarity, the therapy is writing it not posting it.
Why not have a go?
What have you got to lose besides stress?