R E F L E C T
Remember when you were a little girl and you had that cute little diary with the heart-shaped lock on it that you used in order to shield your secrets from your nosey siblings and parents? Or how about that time as a teenager when you wrote random poems in a black journal or a scrap piece of paper during math class which addressed your feelings? Finally, what about today as an adult when you use the power of the pen, or internet, to air out your frustrations about bad business practices on Yelp or even family + friend issues on Facebook? After seeing your words written on the sheets of white paper or typed on the bright computer screen I’m sure you were filled with some type of satisfaction. Weren’t you?
D E F I N I T I O N
[Writing Therapy] - A form of expressive therapy that uses the act of writing and processing the written word as therapy. It is said that writing one’s feelings gradually eases feelings of emotional trauma.
According to James W. Pennebaker, a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, “People who engage in expressive writing report feeling happier and less negative than before writing. Similarly, reports of depressive symptoms, rumination and general anxiety tend to drop in the weeks and months after writing about emotional upheavals.”
M U CH - M O R E
Though writing can greatly help with getting through tough times, personally it has helped me with so much more. From jotting down a list of goals to crafting short stories and articles, writing has proven to be a necessary tool for my life. I find joy in seeing my dreams on paper and in developing characters that relate to people from all walks of life. Penning content has left me with a greater sense of confidence and purpose. With that said, remember you don’t need to be labeled a writer to write.
W A Y S - I T - H E L P S
In an article published by The Huffington Post, there are 6 unexpected ways writing can transform your health. Three of them include:
1. Writing by hand can help you learn better
2. Expressing emotions through words may speed healing
3. It makes your mind and body better
F I N A L - W O R D S
An important part of therapy is having the ability to understand and nurture your feelings. Writing allows you the opportunity to transfer brain activity to paper in order to fully understand the role you play in the world around you. There are no rules when writing (unless it’s a class assignment or professional project), so don’t hold back! Use the power of the pen to dream big, be creative, air out grievances, celebrate victories, thank others and much more.
“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance as well… We should write because writing is good for the soul… We should write, above all, because we are writers whether we call ourselves writers or not.” – Julia Camero
Blog Contributor: Angelica Roberts, Editor-In-Chief at The Holistic Lioness & Co.