Is writing the new medicine? Could it replace pills and potions to heal both mind and body? Soothe the soul, and help you get back on the road to recovery and happiness? I think so, and so do a lot of other people. Studies have been going on for years to prove as much. Writing is a great way to express yourself, getting your deepest innermost thoughts out on the page can do wonders if you have experienced a stressful or traumatic event. Perhaps written disclosure reduces psychological stress?
Expressive writing done on a regular basis can really help, even if you only pick up the pen every other day, if you can, and write for 15 minutes without stopping, you’ll be doing yourself a power of good, and nobody need see your words. I’d encourage you to keep a journal, sit somewhere quiet where you can be alone, and just let your thoughts flow through the pen, or if you prefer, type straight onto your chosen device, be it laptop, I pad, or your mobile phone! You’ll be amazed how much you can write in just a few minutes.
Writing like this, is a way of starting an internal dialogue with yourself, it allows you the opportunity to face sensitive issues you might not be able to discuss with anyone in person. It helps to work things through your mind, and of course expressive writing is not only good for the mind, studies have also shown that people with asthma, developed better lung function. Many other medical conditions can benefit too. Further reading can be found here. And if you're already the writerly type, check out the list of benefits and see if you can identify with them. You might just be surprised at what you read.
Why not try a work of fiction? Make something up, give someone a problem, make it difficult for them, introduce something totally unexpected, then get them out of it. You don’t have to even begin at the beginning. Start at the end, kill someone off, or have two people kiss and make up.Whatever comes to mind, write it down today. Doesn't matter how off the wall it is, just get it written.
Tomorrow, after your sub conscious has had time to think about what you've written, go back to it and write the middle, or the beginning! It really doesn't matter how you get your words down. Your mind is powerful, and it will work it out. Whether you’re new to writing, or you've been doing it for years, the benefit of expressing yourself really is the best medicine.
I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences.