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Writing Is Therapy

  • 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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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 emot...

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Tips To Heal Ourselves By Writing

  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 ...

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Expressive writing, or daily journaling of life events, feelings, emotions and thoughts, is a kind of therapy that improves our mental health, as we do not let life pile up, giving it space, distance and shape while reflecting on it. It acts as a vent to our sadness and deep-rooted pain, prov...

Journaling as therapy

Journaling as therapy

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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Expressive writing activities

  • Try Journaling: Putting words to our emotions often helps us understand them in a new way, and process them more effectively.
  • Schedule writing into your routine: e.g. Morning pages.
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