I’ve been writing since the first time I took the pen in my hand. 

I’ve been writing since I wrote the first letter A upside down and I was so happy to look like this D∀D.

I’ve been writing since I’ve got the first A+ degree from writing the composition, but I still writing even after that one bad degree in high school because the professor at the time didn’t like my “work”.

I have written every day since I could hold a pen in my hand and I didn’t quit.

For me, the keys on the keyboard are the keys that mean life.

Keys or pens – whatever tool we can use to transfer words from the head to the white background means life to many people. No wonder why this is so important to us when there are many reasons why writing can be healthy for our mental health.

There are a lot of myths about how writers have to be “crazy” or how they can’t be that good writers or poets if they are happy.  

So often, writers are associated with neuroses and psychoses – depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and behavior, personality disorder, etc.

I don’t want to refute myths or discuss them (also I believe you know how unrealistic generalizations are). What I want is to show all the advantages, that is, all those benefits from writing – whether it is writing a diary, novel, poetry or something else.

WHY WRITING COULD BE HEALTH?

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1. It Reduces Stress Level

Some findings suggest that writing a diary can reduce stress. The assumption is that this happens because we “throw” thoughts out of ourselves on paper. It can have a liberating effect because we transfer to paper everything that we can’t tell someone, we don’t suppress (un)comfortable emotions and we do it all without feeling ashamed. We can honestly say everything we think and feel because paper does not condemn!

2. New Perspective

When some problem or belief bothers us we can write it down and separate it from ourselves. Then that can take on a different meaning. How? 

We often realize that this problem is not so terrible, catastrophic, and unsolvable. Like, when you tell someone something and while you’re talking about it, you realize it’s a lot scarier in your head than when it comes out of you. Therefore, writing allows us to separate ourselves from the problem, make a distance and look at it from another angle.

3. Better Organization

Introducing goals, plans, and tasks into diaries and calendars allows us to look at our obligations more systematically. Adherence to this helps in reducing anxiety and stress.

4. Contacting with Ourselves

If we write what we like, what we don’t like, what fulfills us, what we do, how we feel about it – we are learning about ourselves. We see what we used to be like, what we are like now, and how we are changed.

The same can be learned from the stories we have written, the subjects we love writing, and the characters we have created.

5. Psychotherapy Effect

By writing a diary in the therapeutic process, we gain insight into what things bother us, what exactly are unpleasant thoughts and feelings, how some unpleasant thoughts sound exactly and how we can reformulate them, etc.

Also, we can capture reminders from the previous therapy, what we didn’t manage to process, what we will talk about next time and how we feel at the therapy session. 

From my own experience (not everyone has to be the same) keeping a diary of obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions helped me see how unrealistic those thoughts are. I wrote the thoughts that were bothering me, and then I reformulated them into more realistic versions.

It seems banal, but it has been shown that writing as a form of therapy can help people who have faced some kind of trauma or difficult life situations. Also, it is often used in therapy with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, grief, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc. (Farooqui, 2016).

6. Awakening of Our Imagination and Creativity

Today, creativity expressed through words is often neglected. This is quite clear because many people no longer write full sentences but short form when corresponding, instead of expressing emotions we send stickers and smilies and rarely articulate them through our words.

Well-known psychologist Csikszentmihalyi, the creator of the Flow experience theory, recommends writing every night, especially poetry that has a bound verse. Writing can awaken our imagination, creativity, but also provide a means of expression that is far more developed than Viber messages.

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I believe there are many reasons why writing is so helpful for us. I surely know that I can. Whatever motive you have, I’m sure writing will be able to realize it. 

I wish you a few words for your soul every day. 

A white background is waiting for you.