writing therapy

Writing Therapy: Unconventional Ways Writing Can Cure

There are many benefits associated with writing. Besides just keeping your mind active, improving your imagination and using it as a form of communication, writing can also be used as a therapy. We all know that writing is an every day’s affair but not everyone looks at it from a therapy’s perspective. In this piece, we’ll look at how writing can be used as a cure and why it should be encouraged on a daily basis. You do not even need to be a pro to be able to do this, even with your little writing skills you can practice this art and make it part and parcel of your life.

Writing daily can be life-changing. At least make a point of writing as few as a hundred words on a daily basis. This is enough to transform your life.

The reasons why you should consider writing on a daily basis

Writing should be encouraged among individuals because the art can benefit them in the following ways:

  1. Acts as a life reflection – through writing, an individual can use that opportunity to reflect on their own life and look back at the changes one is making along the way. By so doing, writing allows us to take note of the things we are doing and realize just why we do such things. It also gives us a chance to have a glimpse of some of the effects our actions are having on us.

  2. Clarifies an individual’s thinking – in other words, writing helps us to put out thoughts into text. We all know that our feelings and thoughts are vague happenings running through our minds. However, with writing, the art normally forces us to crystalize the same and place them in a logical order.

  3. Takes care of an individual’s stress – the therapeutic nature of writing can never be overemphasized. A good number of persons normally uses writing as a channel where they get to vent their frustrations. We can all agree with the fact that putting your frustrations into a piece of paper is a less violent way of going about the entire frustration thing. You can use this art as a form of cathartic stress relief. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to get whatever it is that is in your mind without necessarily having to say it out loud.

  4. Clean your mind – writing is a wonderful way one can use to sweep clean your mind. It can help you to forget tasks and ideas that have been clogging your mind. What writing actually does is that it has the ability of taking most of your unordered thoughts that may be floating at the back of your mind and transform them to action plans.

  5. Sharpens your writing skills – when you get into the habit of writing daily, you increase the likelihood of keeping your skills fresh and sharp. Writing is like any other valuable skills out there such as communicating meticulously; the more you practice the better you get. Individuals who barely practice are susceptible to writer’s block, freeze up and any other technicalities associated with writing. You can learn how to deal with some of these challenges by practicing the art on a daily basis.

  6. Helps you to connect with people – whenever you write for an audience even if it’s one person allows you to think from their perspective. A writer has the ability to tap into an audience’s mindset, understand them and bring out what is going through their head. This in itself alone is therapeutic in nature and it does help the writer.

  7. You get new ideas – writing on a daily basis opens your mind to a whole new world where you can source new ideas. With this ability, at no point will you struggle with the common problem of where to get ideas.

  8. You get a peace of mind – in most cases, writing takes place in a quiet environment for high productivity. Writing takes you away from all the noises and the meaningless small talk that come with human conversation. All these talk and hassle can create a lot of distractions which does not help you in any way.

  9. Get an opportunity to meet yourself – the fact that the society is fast paced causes us to forget things that we believe in. When you opt to let words flow freely from your brain you not only do justice to yourself but also you get introduced to a part of yourself that you’ve been censoring for a while.

Any way you look at it, writing is a very good practice that can cure you therapeutically. The fact that writing is something that can be done on a daily basis should be seen as a huge boost to this noble course. For an individual to enjoy the benefits associated with writing, they should have an open mind and be willing to embrace the culture.

Mel Johnson works as a professor’s assistant (writing classes) in James Madison University. Few years ago she gathered some supporters and started her own short prose and paper writing courses for adults and launched an online writing project Papersgear where she collects different free tools and tips about writing for students.