There are great therapeutic benefits to writing backed by science – that’s why I run this blog 🙂
Keeping a journal can be extremely helpful. It is a low-cost, easily accessible, and versatile form of therapy. It can be done individually or guided by a mental coach. It can be practiced within a group and even added as a supplement to another form of cure.
These benefits are certainly not trivial. The potential positive outcomes of a creative writing process reach much further and deeper than simply writing in a diary.
A case out of all: Participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days in a row, experienced better health outcomes up to four months later (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005). This research shows a significant healing effect in individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event.
Regular creative writing can help the writer:
• Find meaning in their experiences, view things from a new perspective, and see the silver linings in their most stressful or negative experiences (Murray, 2002).
• Experience important insights about themselves and their environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing (Tartakovsky, 2015)
Writing therapy has proven effective for many different conditions or mental diseases, including*:
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Grief and loss
• Chronic illness issues
• Substance abuse
• Eating disorders
• Interpersonal relationship issues
• Communication skill issues
• Low self-esteem.
Writing regularly, following an established pattern has shown:
• Increased feelings of well-being
• Reduced physician visits
• Reduced absenteeism from work
• Enhanced immune system functions.
Why don’t you try today the writing therapy? Email me to get the course!
*(Lepore & Smyth, 2002; Pennebaker, 1997, 2004 ;Farooqui, 2016)