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Writing Heals

Writing Heals

It does not seem obvious, but writing or journaling about one’s negative experiences can have a positive outcome on our mental health.

A theory regarding how this works states that writing or narrating our sob story frees up our mental and cognitive resources. When we put down our emotions on paper, or tell it to someone, our brain may be reencoding the negative experience, reorganizing it in a way that is less traumatic to us.

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  • Imagination, creativity and awareness are natural defence systems in our body and mind against trauma but are largely ignored.
  • Writing as a restorative tool is a scientifically recognized way to heal.
  • Expressive writing makes sense of our otherwise chaotic thoughts and emotions and can take any form, be it poetry, journaling, memoirs or random notes.
  • If we can tell a complete, complex and coherent story, we are no longer a victim, but a narrator or an observer.
  • It may be the main reason why therapy works.

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  1. Do not hold back, and try to write what is on your mind. Your words are for you only and you can burn the pages later. Do not think, simply write down what bubbles up inside you.
  2. List the smallest details and specific feelings, bringing out the larger feeling or experience. Feel the weight of the smallest thing and put it on paper.
  3. Reach out for the lessons, the things you learn and the new meanings you create from your life experiences, for better or worse.

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Effects Of Traumatic Events

The experience of trauma is heavy on one’s emotional, mental and physical health, leading to complications like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with anxiety, depression and other emotional issues.

The person experiencing trauma becomes fearful of human contact and socializing, shutting the world and withdrawing within.

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Expressive writing is writing for the purpose of putting your own thoughts and feelings into words and it can be a powerful way to enhance overall wellbeing.

It focuses on expressing and describing your emotional experiences. This method doesn’t worry itself with the rules of writing, grammar, and spelling.

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Labeling emotions and acknowledging traumatic events, both natural outcomes of journaling, have a known positive effect on people, and are often incorporated into traditional talk therapy.

Keeping a journal helps to organize an event in our mind, and make sense of trauma. 

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