Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Emotional Support: The benefit of writing

Last Tuesday we discussed steps to emotionally cleanse; today we are featuring another technique to implement in your life to begin to cope with and heal your emotional life:  writing.
Why is writing your feelings down important?
  •  “Catharsis” Effect. The term catharsis derives from Greek roots and is defined as “the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions”. Moreover, it is a process of “purging”.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to be honest. Be keeping a private journal allows you to share what you are thinking and feeling without censoring. This can be vital in order to truly begin to move forward from these feelings.
  • Organizing, Coping and Healing. By writing your thoughts, emotions, and feelings down on a physical piece of paper allows you to begin to “sift” through this typically overwhelming topics. You are then able to organize and cope with these stressors and ultimately heal from them.
  • Self Discovery. This process will help you discover/re-discovery who you are.
 Tips for Emotional Writing

  • Designate a particular location that will allow you to feel comfortable, honest and effective while writing.
  • Be honest! This journal is for your eyes only. By censoring your thoughts/feelings will take away from your end goal: healing.
  • Do not be overly critical of your writing. Similar to our tip on honesty, this journal is for you.
  • Make sure to incorporate feelings of happiness and euphoria as well! Although we have primarily discussed writing down moments of stress or chaos, it is important to recognize the moments that bring you happiness as well.
  • Stick with it. If this process is new to you, or you have always been one to cope through writing, make sure to commit to taking time to write. 

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