Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Annmarie McQueen
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1. It lets you get the feelings out without having to get anyone else involved. Let’s face it; getting emotional in front of people is always an embarrassing process, no matter how close you are to the person. And then there’s the post-cry awkwardness you have to deal with later. At least you can be 100% certain that your notebook isn’t going to judge you.
2. It’s free. It’s cathartic. It’s emotionally healing and it costs exactly £0 which means you’ll still have money at the end of the month to buy yourself that £80 coat you saw on your retail therapy trip.
3. It’s productive. There’s nothing to make you feel better about yourself when you’re down than doing something with a purpose. It gives you a sense of satisfaction, boosts your self confidence and motivates you. Sure, maybe it’s just sad word babble now, but you could easily turn those feels into relatable poetry that a magazine or two might want to publish.
4. It helps you reevaluate your situation. Writing things down gives you the chance to stop and reflect on your problems, see them from a new perspective, and put them into context.
5. It allows you to process difficult emotions. Sometimes when emotions are too strong for us to handle we block them out because it’s easier to pretend they don’t exist, or we numb ourselves to them so they can’t break us down. But this isn’t a long term solution. Emotions demand to be felt; bottling things up can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses. When we write we allow ourselves to feel those emotions and therefore process them in a healthy, natural way.
6. It gives creative and meaningful expression to our deepest fears and thoughts. Even if no one else reads what we’ve written, it somehow validates what we’ve been through, it validates our identities as humans and it validates the experiences that have made us who we are.
While writing is no replacement for real therapeutic intervention and/or medications, it is an extremely useful self-help technique that is often used by therapists to help their patients work through trauma. There have been many studies citing the usefulness of therapeutic writing and the physical/emotional health benefits it brings.
Article Credits: Annmarie McQueen
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor