Writing as a therapy has been used since ancient times. We, humans always knew that expressing our emotions through different forms of art can help with mental struggles. Painting, music, and writing were the main creative escapes for many centuries. And it didn’t change till this very day.
In this post, we will address two main forms of writing as therapy – Creative writing and journaling.
They both can help us overcome pressing issues in everyday life.
Creative writing is a form of expressing our thoughts and feelings through written words.
We can achieve that by writing a novel, short story, poetry, etc. We don’t have to be writers to do that. The point is to write about something that negatively affects our minds to get rid of it through the written form. By doing it, we can find relief and feel better.
Sometimes it’s so easy to sit down and write your heart out on a blank piece of paper or an empty laptop screen. Some other times, you just sit, stupefied and unable to make your fingers touch a keyboard. That is called – writer’s block. Don’t let that discourage you. It happens to most of us. It will go away.
To help the process of unblocking your mind, just start scribbling any words that cross your mind. After a while, you’ll be able to connect these words and create a beautiful story. The most important thing is to write about topics that are causing your problems. That is why it’s called – writing as a therapy.
The second form of writing as therapy is journaling.
Most of us are familiar with it and probably have tried it already at some point in life.
Journaling is an important aid in problems combating because it keeps track of everyday tasks, issues, and events. If we repeatedly write about a neighbor’s dog barking, after a while, we might realize that the barking is what is causing our distress. Or maybe our partner left dirty socks all over the place? Or beer cans eventually? There will be more subtle indications than the dog barking, but you sure have understood the point.
Writing as a therapy, in the form of journaling can have one disadvantage – the lack of time. With our busy life schedules, we could stumble into that obstacle. To eliminate that, we have to make sure to reserve just 15 minutes of our day to scribble about our problems.
The benefits we harvest by journaling are significant.
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