Writing to Heal
While you are on your journey toward, into, and all through peace, many of you may wonder what you're supposed to do with all your anger and anxiety when it arises. Allowing peace to find you does not mean you won't run into stress, grief, situational depression, anger, anxiety, and the like. Over time, you will encounter these feelings less and less, as you learn how to protect yourself from the people, places, and things that generate these sorts of reactions. But, they will never disappear completely. This is life. Shit happens. And then...it un-happens! In the meantime, one of the easiest and best ways to work your way through these sorts of feelings is to write.
Writing to Heal
There have been many international university studies and subsequent papers, as well as books written about the ability of people to emotionally and even physically heal themselves through the cathartic process of writing. And not just writing, but writing in a particular way, for an allotted amount of time.
Here's How It Works:
- Set aside atleast 20 dedicated minutes to journaling.
- Be sure to sit in a comfortable position, in a quiet space, where there will be no distractions, and then, off all electronics.
- Handwrite, in your journal, details of the day, or a specific incident that has bothered you recently or in the recent past.
- Do tis for a minimum of 3 consecutive days.
- It is not recommended you journal unguided about ultra traumatic experiences (death, rape, murder, etc.) if they have happened within the past 30 days. In these events, it is recommended you seek professional counsel before, during, and after journaling about them.
- Boost of immune functions
- Less doctor visits
- Higher grade point average
- Improved working memory
- Better sleep
- Improved social connections
- Better understanding of emotions
- Learning from trauma and emotional responses
- Better ability to evaluate one’s life
Obtaining and retaining peace isn't about not feeling the aches and pains of life. Though we may feel them less often as we master our internal and external environments, we are only human, and hurt will happen. A large part of maintaining your peace during these times will depend on the tools you use to manage pain. Exercise, a healthy diet, and other self-care and grounding practices are a great way to maintain your peaceful balance -- and writing to heal is a proven, effective tool, as well.