Writing Therapy

Relieve stress by taking it out of your mind
and placing it on paper.

Writing therapy gives you the time to decipher all of the thoughts and emotions that are attaching themselves to a particular subject. The primary key is time.

Writing therapy lets you place your thoughts on paper and this in turn allows you to let go of the thoughts knowing that you can pick them up at a later time.

In doing this you give yourself the needed time to relax the mind which will help you to open up and entertain new ideas.

This is also a great way to decrease the racing thoughts that keep you awake at night.

To understand this theory choose one of your top issues that is contributing to stress in your life and write this topic on a piece of paper. This action alone starts to generate thoughts.

Now - If You could Just get that
Pen in your paw (I mean Hand)

When you start to think of your topic you will have many sub-topics form in your thoughts. This is what you start to write about. Notice the thoughts circling as you write looking for the next thought you want to place on the paper. These are your feelings
coming to the surface as you write.

Now after you have written for some time, stop and read what you have wrote. You could have said all of this within minutes but would you have used the same thought process to be sure you covered all the topics that came to mind?

Try this – flip the papers over and as if speaking to another person discus the topic you had previously written about. After you are done look back to the paper and see what points of thought
you had missed.

Writing therapy is private and it allows you to have something solid to reference rather than random and fleeting thoughts that come with no particular logic. This helps you to view the root problem with a different perception and open your mind to new paths of resolve.

The Benefits of writing therapy and keeping a journal Writing therapy keep a journal An empty journal has no value. Depending on how much you write, you should give yourself at least several weeks before you can expect to be able to see the benefits.

This can not only relieve stress, but writing therapy can also help you attain goals by providing an opportunity to work through problems, find solutions, and keep from getting ‘stuck’ in unhealthy patterns.

This recording of quick thoughts helps you to retrieve an event from memory for later when you have time to contemplate it more.

In your rushed lifestyle (which I might add – will change) it may be that you don’t have time to work out what is going on right at the particular moment it happens or you think it - keeping a note in a journal helps us to recapture the moment later so that we can look at it more deeply.

The journal allows us to look at ourselves, our feelings, and our actions in a different way. By writing things down in a journal the words are now 'outside' of us, they become more concrete - and in this way we can play with them, look at them in another light.

We can only handle so much at any one moment. Trying remember this or that, and deal with current situations, can sometimes mean that we are not focusing on what we need to. Having made a note of an event or emotion you will be able to clear your mind knowing you will pick up on this thought at a later point in the day. This way you are dealing with one thought process at a time and cutting out the confusion and frustration that multiple thoughts can generate.

The process of writing something down forces you to think it through until you understand it. This you will understand more as you explore writing therapy.

Storing pieces of knowledge or experience saves you from reinventing the wheel. When you discover a trigger that sets your stress in motion you’ll be more apt to remember the triggers and learn through experience to steer clear of certain situations.

You will learn from your mistakes and see how one instance may relate to another. When our angers and feelings of disappointment gain control of us, we become frozen; writing them down makes them smaller and lightens our load.

In your now – so hectic environment - if you keep your mind clear by jotting notes it will help you rise above the trivial emotions and pull your focus to the ultimate issues of controlling your major, most important stress triggers.

A journal will help you to discover and plan for what you really want out of your life, it pushes all the confusion out of your way giving your creative thoughts a chance to flourish. Your focal points will come from the heart and center on the important subject matter … your passions. Stress keeps our minds reeling with negative thoughts and this blocks our dreams, ideas, and desires that would put us on the path of happiness, inner peace and contentment with our existence in this world. You will grasp the understanding of your desires and what steps you need to take to head in the right direction of these passions. This starts turning your negatives into positives.

Writing therapy will allow you to vent when you’re angry. Once vented you can separate the negative reactions and the positive causing you to learn and grow from the emotions you are feeling.

If you start your journal by writing an autobiographical piece of your life (your successes and all that you have accomplished to date) this allows you to boost your self esteem and confidence in the time of need to encourage you to pull on the forces of your strengths rather than beating yourself up over your weaknesses.

A journal will help you to understand why you are feeling the emotions you are as you compare these emotions to events from your past that may be holding you back. This growth will be constructive in aiding you to shift those perceptions and expectations.

Writing your worries down will free your mind and allow you to start each day fresh in your mind. When this happens you will see the solutions to these challenges that the distracting thoughts of stress have been blocking from your sight.

Journaling allows people to clarify their thoughts and feelings, thereby gaining valuable self-knowledge. It’s also a good problem-solving tool; oftentimes, one can hash out a problem and come up with solutions more easily on paper.

Using writing therapy about traumatic events helps one process them by fully exploring and releasing the emotions involved, and by engaging both hemispheres of the brain in the process, allowing the experience to become fully integrated in one’s mind.

There can be obvious and immediate payoffs. We can determine what triggers our stress to occur, analyze our current perceptions and expectations and adjust our patterns of thought. You can bring together ideas, discover what you’re really passionate about and ascertain whether your priorities are in line with your aspirations.

Learning Self-Therapy through Writing is an experience in Creative Journaling designed for self-discovery and self-empowerment. This explores three basic questions, who am I, what can I do, and what do I want to do?

It guides you through very creative but simple exercises that help you visualize your inner most thoughts and fears, while empowering you to move forward. This will be a skill you will apply the rest of your life and you will be able to help others to discover their own hidden potential.

There are many trials we face in our life but being diagnosed with cancer is one of the ultimate crisis points. Diagnosed with breast cancer, poet and author Myra Schneider turned to her writing to help her come to terms with the experience.

In this uplifting book, she shows how creative writing therapy helped her through diagnosis, treatment and recovery - as well as the change in self-image following her mastectomy. Drawing from her own writings about her life with cancer, she develops practical ideas and exercises for using writing in personal development.

This positive book provides inspiration and support to people affected by cancer. This enlightening book is called Writing My Way through Cancer

As we see writing therapy can help us to cope with any given situation attached to stress as well as overcome issues of fear. Fear is the number one reason that individuals hold back from pursuing their dreams. There is no time to hold back, time escapes us far too quickly. This technique will guide you through your life with confidence, goals and a sense of direction.


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