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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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.
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.
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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