Writing is good for the soul. I am drawn to writing and until I did some investigating for this blog; I didn’t understand why I was so drawn to something so simple. It always makes me feel so much better after a session of creative writing. But expressive writing holds a special place in my heart also it has been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress. Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving goals can make people happier and healthier.
What is expressive writing is that used to delve deeper into thoughts, opinions, and emotions rooted in experiences, memories, and trauma. Expressive writing is done in the first person using personal pronouns, such as I.
Writing expressively leads to increased gratitude if you focus on what you ‘re thankful for only once a week. It can also close out our mental tabs writing allows abstract information to cross into our tangible world. It frees up bandwidth and will stop overload.
- Clear your mind
- Recover memories
- Stockpile ideas
- Puts life events into perspective
- Improves your verbal and written skills
- You will feel you’ve accomplished something
- It’s a great mental exercise
Here are some other great ideas to think about as you begin to expressive. Write in a private and personalized space. Write at least once each day for at least five minutes. Give yourself time to reflect and balance yourself after writing. If you’re writing to overcome trauma, don’t feel obligated to write about a specific event. (write about what feels right in the moment.) Structure the writing, however it feels right to you. And keep your writing private.
Journaling, also known as expressive writing, but the term is less intimidating, at least for me. I don’t mind expressive writing it’s another type of writing that I do every day. But to journal is too personal it’s to at the heart of who I am it touches all the tender places. So I write expressively in a notebook to clear my head, and it keeps me sane. Give Expressive writing a try.
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