We have all experienced episodes of pain, and during those times we might not have known how to bring about relief while dealing with these hurt filled situations. I am thankful though for my interest in writing because it has acted as a healing tool during tough times. I hope to share more posts centered on the influence of writing in my life, because it has been a therapeutic outlet that has brought me so much insight regarding the capacity of my inner strength. Below you will find reasons why writing could be a powerful vessel to support you in recovering from challenging or painful experiences.
Writing Provides a Release- A journal or diary can be very personal, and you can use it to pour out the emotions you might not be able to communicate with people around you. You can draft your thoughts and feelings without worrying about judgement from others. While writing you should not worry about your words being perfect, concise or clear because the goal is to authentically express how you are feeling.
Writing Offers a Temporary Escape- In the midst of hardship, writing can offer an outlet and can support you in taking your mind off the upsetting situation. It isn’t healthy to continually replay or perseverate on your hardships. Writing is a great past time where you can pull on your creative traits while also gaining relief from your situation.
A Method for Tracking Your Feelings- Tough times do not last forever and when we are working our way through them it could be productive to track our daily mood. Writing how you feel on a daily basis, could help you to observe how your mood is changing and identify circumstances that impact your mood. For example, I keep a wellness journal. Within my journal, I reflect on my daily activities and experiences in hopes of identifying events that bring me joy and on the flip side track situations, and people who do not promote my overall wellness. Tracking how you feel encourages mindfulness and awareness regarding your different mood patterns.
Check back soon for strategies centered on how to use writing as a tool for healing.