365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
159. Is writing a form of self therapy?
Writing has been a form of self therapy for me for years. I find that having the ability to express myself through writing helps to reduce my depression and eases my anxiety. I often feel that my brain is overly cluttered. I spend so much time thinking about so many different things that I do not ever feel that I am able to relax. I think about past, present and future. I worry about things that are happening to me now, things that have happened to me in the past and I especially worry about the “what ifs” of the future. When I have the opportunity to write things down and release them from my brain, even if just temporarily, it lessens the amount of anxiety that I hold within me.
I have found that I am not that strong at expressing myself verbally. I will often hold back on saying what is going on in my mind, or even more often find that I just cannot formulate the words to express what I am truly feeling. I find writing to have the opposite affect on me. When I start to write, words flow more naturally. It could be that I find writing emotionally safer. I feel more protected behind my written words then I would verbally expressing them.
I also find writing to be a way of processing and working through old and new emotions. I tend to keep things bottled up inside, so when I let them out in my writing, I feel like I am freeing myself of all the negative thoughts. By doing this, I truly believe that it is helping my mental clarity.
Writing is also a great way of sharing your experiences (both good and bad) with others. I think especially when we experience bad things in our life, sharing those experiences not only helps to release our own emotional strain, but also could possibly help others by letting people know they are not alone. If sharing your experiences helps even one person, then it is almost as if your bad experiences were not in vein.
During this 365 day blog challenge, I have been writing each blog in the evening. I will say that after I am done writing in the evening, I tend to feel more relaxed and less anxious. My brain is less cluttered and I find that I can sleep a little better. Clearly writing is a form of self therapy to me.