4 Health Benefits of Expressive Writing
When we put traumatic experiences into words, we tend to be less concerned with the emotional events that have been weighing us down. Writing can provide a potentially effective method to deal with traumas or other emotional upheavals.
The first studies indicated that writing about traumatic experiences for as little as twenty minutes a day for three or four days can produce measurable changes in people’s physical and mental health (Chung & Pennebaker 2008).
If you’re not sure where to start, read the guideline below. And if journaling feels a little too confronting, start slow, work with your therapist and see where you go. If you plan to write about important events, give yourself time to reflect. Just make sure to enjoy the process.
James Pennebaker. “Expressive Writing: Words That Heal".