The therapeutic effects of writing
The therapeutic effects of writing
At Coster Content, we love to write. For one of our writers, Ellie, it’s more than a job or a hobby - it’s a way to stay grounded and healthy. Here’s why...
We can all relate to feelings of stress, sadness, or just being overwhelmed. Around 74% of the UK report experiencing these emotions or an inability to cope at some point over the past year. At the end of the day, we all just want something to shake off these feelings and escape. Some look to sport. Some play games. Me - I like to write.
Showing wide-ranging benefits for helping us to heal both emotionally and physically, writing is an inclusive therapeutic tool that many could use. The act of writing can offer a space to explore your own thoughts and experiences. You’re able to just let everything fall onto the page, with the immediate pressures of everyday life removed.
It may seem cliché to bear your soul onto paper and wax lyrically about your woes and hardships. But writing about it can actually encourage you to release any pent-up emotions, and you might feel better as a result.
The physical act of writing can be a distraction from chronic overthinking. The content itself can serve as a cathartic cleansing of your thoughts and emotions. Putting any thoughts into a form of writing can lead you to better recognise how you’re feeling. It may also shed some light on how best to tackle whatever it is you’re coming up against.
If rehashing painful thoughts or troublesome memories isn’t of interest to you, then feel free to escape into fiction. No matter your form, writing about what you’re experiencing, explicitly or not, can afford you some much-needed headspace. It’s not until you achieve some meditative distance from an issue that you can best approach a resolution. Even serving as a distraction, writing - even if it’s nonsense - could help.
Taking time to write can also force you out of the sometimes toxic bubble of the modern world. Sitting yourself down with nothing but a piece of paper and a pen can break the cycle that a lot of us find ourselves in. We tend to scroll through our phones and get caught up in the often unrealistic world that’s presented to us online.
Writing, in this sense, can encourage a re-centring of priorities. While forced to confront your own thoughts and experiences, you shift your focus back onto yourself and the real world.
As well as being a personal exercise used to better come to terms with any mental struggles you’re facing, writing can also affect physical health. Back in 1986, Pennebaker found that students who wrote about traumatic events had fewer visits to the doctors over the following six months than those who wrote about less personal or traumatic matters.
Since then, many studies have gone on to suggest a link between writing and physiological benefits. Whether helping reduce symptoms in arthritis, asthma, or cancer, writing has shown to have positive effects.
The studies suggest that the act of writing may provide an emotional peace that puts individuals in a better position to heal and combat physical ailments. The benefits of writing, therefore, don’t stop at mental clarity but can have a knock-on effect on physical health.
Writing may not be a prescribed medical treatment; but its inclusivity, low cost, and lack of side effects make it something worth trying.
A lot can be said for taking time out of a busy schedule to sit in the comfort of your own home, or a bustling local coffee shop, and re-align yourself and your thoughts. In this chaotic world, writing can provide a welcomed release and offers great benefits for our mental and physical health.
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