In this day and age, people have gravitated towards text messages as compared to actual writing. However what most people don’t know is that writing has its benefits. Research has shown that writing boosts your mental health. It is with this in mind that I came up with the following reasons as to why writing is good for your mental well-being.
Writing makes you happy. It’s great to your overall health and well-being. Research carried out by South Methodist University found out that writing about future objectives makes you healthier, happier, and more focused. Research on writing and happiness focuses more on expressive writing. It has been linked to improved moods, reduction in symptoms among cancer patients, and the improvement in the individuals’ health after a heart attack. Blogging can also be termed as therapeutic.
Writing down thoughts in a journal can assist those with demanding jobs to handle the pressure. Researchers are of the opinion that when we write and edit our personal stories, we can alter our opinions about ourselves and eventually pinpoint obstacles that are a hindrance to better health.
The research was carried out by Stanford University on African-American students who had difficulties in adjusting to college. The students were requested to make a video or write an essay focusing on college life to be seen by future students. According to the findings, those students who took part in the video making or essay writing got better grades in the end as compared to those who didn’t participate.
In another research, some married couples were asked to write about a certain conflict. They were acting as neutral observers. Among the 120 couples present, the ones that used writing to explore their problems demonstrated improvement in happiness as compared to those who didn’t write about their marital problems.
2. It Clears your Head
When working on your computer, are there times when you have many internet tabs open at once? How does your screen look? Confused, right? That’s how our brain feels like when we have so many tabs open at once. This is often a result of attempting to deal with too many thoughts at the same time.
Writing has been known to be a way of formatting your head. It gives form to your ideas, and you can get them out of your mind, therefore freeing up more space and preventing you from crashing your ‘browser.'
An empty mind is:
In this case, one way of writing can be:
Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation. According to a particular research carried out, subjects who wrote about the good things in their lives were motivated and more positive about their present situations. The trick was that they had to write once a week.
Research done by Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, showed that gratitude is not only a positive emotion, but it also improves overall health. But if people had written about their gratitude every day, the final benefits would have been less. This is because any activity done often might end up becoming boring. For you to create a good piece of writing to show gratitude, the following tips are recommended:
The above mentioned are just but some of the ways in which writing can help you improve your mental health. It is, therefore, important that you free up some time in your life for regular writing.
Are there any other reasons that we have left out? Feel free to share them with us!