Writing as Therapy: How Writing Can Improve Your Health (Infographic)
We often write to meet deadlines or because we have ambitions to become a published. But how often do we write for the sheer pleasure of it? How often do we throw off the shackles of our own or others’ expectations and just write whatever we feel like writing?
But more importantly, what if we could see writing as an opportunity for self-reflection and contemplation rather than something we strive to show others? Imagine if it were a way for us to explore our emotions and our wellbeing, or a way to express thoughts that we may have been suppressing for a very long time.
It could just be the therapy we need in order to nourish and nurture our health.
Much research has been done into the benefits of therapeutic writing and how it can enhance both our physical and mental health. Having the freedom to write anything you feel like, whenever you feel like it, can be liberating and provide much needed stress-relief.
Therapeutic writing can take many different forms including journaling, poetry and letter writing. Maybe one style speaks to you more than another, but the main thing to remember is that there is no ‘right way’ to do it. There are no external constraints. You just write.
The infographic below not only shows you the different types of therapeutic writing, but it also highlights the many health benefits that it can produce. If done often, it can help to develop empathy, critical thinking, creativity and social skills. It can be done anywhere at any time and costs nothing.
So if you’re already aware of writing as a form of therapy or this is the first time you’ve encountered it, why not give it go and see the benefits for yourself? Your health and wellbeing may benefit a lot from it.