Writing as an effective form of therapy
Self-expression comes in different forms. Different kinds of people express themselves either by dancing, singing, playing music, drawing, or writing. Among all of these beautiful forms of self-expression, the humblest one might be writing. Why? Purely because all you need is something to write on and something you can use for writing.
Writing, in its simplest definition, is putting words on paper. However simple it is, writing is the most underrated yet highly effective form of therapy. So, save yourself the trouble of spending thousands for a therapist. Here are the reasons why you should start writing your feelings down.
Writing can help you remember things
Feeling lonely can sometimes be overwhelming. When you write your feelings down, somewhere along remembering how awful life has been, you will also remember how beautiful it is. While you jot down all the bad things that happened at work, it’s impossible not to remember that little kid who waved at you while riding the bus. Being able to weigh the positive more than the negative is a very effective way to avoid depression, and writing can help you see that.
Writing is a less violent anger displacement method
Have you ever felt so furious that your heart wants to explode? Instead of yelling and throwing things, grab a pen and paper. Write “I’m furious,” and the next thing you know, you filled the whole paper. You’ll be amazed at how much you can write in this state. Any state of overwhelming emotion, whether it’s anger, sadness, or happiness, being in a highly-emotional state makes it for the best time to write. When feelings overpower you, it is also the time you have less control of what you say and do. Instead of saying things you don’t mean or do things that might hurt others, write them down. This way you don’t hurt anyone. And as you scribble all those overflowing emotions (sometimes with tears), you’ll feel better.
Writing can help you make sense of things
Human emotions are complex, so complex that most of the time we need someone else to help us make sense of them. But if you write these emotions down, in all honesty and empathy, and then read what you wrote, you’ll have another point of view. Reading after you write will make you see things you first didn’t.
Writing in itself is its own reward
According to American writer Henry Miller, “Writing in itself is its own reward.” The best thing writing can give you is itself and all its therapeutic glory. And when you come to think of it, it does not cost you much; and who knows, if developed properly, you can make a career out of it.
Being able to turn your feelings and thoughts into words is a wonderful skill to have in a world where people want to shun the ideals of others. But if you are not interested in sharing your thoughts with others, it’s fine. You don’t have to write for others, you can write for yourself; and there’s no safer place to do that than on your paper. There you can tell it all and no one is going to judge you.