The Power of Writing

Writing can be extremely therapeutic… which is probably why many therapists from different theoretical backgrounds encourage their clients to do just that. Write. Usually it’s in the form of journalling. Thoughts, feelings, actions, reaction. Things that may be discussed in a session, and things that may not be. Why are they suggesting this activity? What good can writing do? And what happens if you hate writing/ (That’s obviously not me but I know plenty of people who don’t enjoy it). The first of these questions I’ve pretty much answered – it’s therapeutic and has been proven to be so.

IMG_0173.JPGBlogging at Starbuck’s outdoor patio.

What good can writing do? Both fiction and non-fiction or journalling are a great way to get everything that you are thinking and feeling out. Things you can’t say to other people, or tell them, and sometimes things you can but aren’t ready to. If it’s personal, and just for you, free rein is available and you don’t have to worry about what you write. If someone else is going to read it, you need to decide how much of you that you are going to put it. This blog, for example, is about 95% me. I hold back just a little so that I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings or step on any toes. I’ve made that mistake before. The blog is about 50% for me and 50% for you. I find it therapeutic and informative to write about these topics, and I hope that you find it therapeutic and informative to read about them.

IMG_1568Non-Fiction writing can be therapeutic and creative.

And what about those of you who hate writing and the idea of a blog or a journal terrifies you. I would say, give it a try anyway. Especially if it’s suggested to you as something that may help deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, etc. A journal, that’s personal and no one else will read. Where it isn’t important if you have spelling mistakes or proper grammar. It may not be for you, but you won’t really know until you try. And if it’s not, then there are many other therapeutic techniques that you can try.

IMG_2106Other therapeutic activities can include music, art, exercise, and travel!

Whatever you decide to do to work through your feelings, the point is that you are trying to work through them and understand. It’s important not to judge yourself, but rather to learn, grow, change and hopefully thrive. You are a warrior!