Writing Therapy also known as journal therapy. Writing therapy is a low-cost , easily accessible and versatile form of therapy. It can be done individually, with just a person and his pen or it can be guided by a mental health professional.it can even be added as a supplement to another form of therapy.
- Writing therapy increase self-expression power of individual. We feel a sense of empowerment and control over the user’s life.
- Through writing therapy, we come to know about our strength and weaknesses. We realize our life purpose and do what we love to do .It develop our positive mind set.it lead to personal growth. Writing is “speaking to another consciousness”-the reader or another part of the self. We realize who we are in the present moment.
- In individual who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful events, writing works as a healing effect. In fact, participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days, experienced better health outcome up to four month later.(Baikie & Wilhelm,2005)
- Another study tested the same writing exercise on over 100 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, with similar results. The participants who wrote about the most stressful event of their lives experienced better health evaluation related to their illness..
- It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing.
- Writing therapy has proven effective for many different conditions:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Grief and loss
- Chronic illness issues
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Interpersonal relationship issues
- Communication skill issues
- Low self –esteem ( Farooqui , 2016)
- Writing require the application of the analytical , rational left side of the brain ,while your left hemisphere is occupied, your right hemisphere (the creative ,touchy fully side ) is given the freedom to wander and play.(Grothaus,2015)
- Boost your mood /affect
- Enhance your sense of well-being
- Reduce intrusion and avoidance
- Improve your working memory
Journalist Michael Grothaus notes that there are studies suggesting journaling can strengthen the immune system, drop blood pressure, help you sleep better, generally keep you healthier.
- Poetry classes, writing in prison, in hospitals and hospices, writing in addiction centers, bibliotherapy sessions-writing is recognized as a creative therapy.
In writing where you can hold a deliberate thoughtful conversation with yourself.