Writing As Therapy
We've all passed through harsh and even traumatic experiences in our lives that have shaped our current demeanors, phobias and obsessions, all which haunt us constantly and form part of our personality. The most logical path of action to take when you want to deal with these demons and get a over them is to visit a professional, someone who is capacitated to hear, analyze and provide worthy advice for your particular situation. As benefitial as therapy can be, there are times where this option is not available or just not enough, so you have to resort to other strategies to "cope". That's where art in general makes Its entrance, giving you a medium in which you can channel all your nervous energy into something sublime and productive that even others might enjoy. That's why in this article I will talk about the particular benefits of using creative endeavours, specifically writing to target your frustrations and emotional baggage in order to make It a mean to grow. Let's begin by explaining a little bit more what this refers to:
Well, all the events that we remember are not only internalized in a way that we can interpret rationally as memories, though they also have an strong emotional content that our subconscious tends to pick upon and use It as a way to respond to simmilar situations in the future, creating behaviors that can be deemed as "pathological" depending of how much the scenario we faced affected us. By using art as a way to portrait all the experiences you have encountered, you'll find a way to employ that emotional part of your mind to create something that even If you don't understand It, can bring peace to your soul.
Now that we know a little more about It. Let's talk about some benefits that the use of writing as therapy can bring you:
One of the main advantages of writing down what you feel or what's happening, even If It is in a more indirect way like a story or poetry, is that you can understand a lot of things about yourself that you didn't knew before. In this way you can get a grip of what might be causing you so much pain in the first place and shift the direction of It towards something that can contribute to a better mental health.
One of the things that Is often used as a metric to know If a story is good or not from the perspective of who writes It is the depth of It and how personal It feels to him/her. By being sincere to your own feelings and writing according to them, you'll be able to increase the quality of your output and create a great product.
By using writing you'll not only know more about yourself, though you'll also be able to talk about It with more relative easiness, which will make you much more articulate, being able to tap into that part of you that can put into words abstract concepts to explain yourself better and be understood by others without a problem.
They say art is the best form of therapy, and this can be true, though I recommend that If you're struggling with something you should go with a professional first so he/she can help you diagnose your problems and come up with strategies to treat them. I hope that this article could've been of use to you, making you know about the therapeutic effects of writing and giving you encouragement to dive deeper into It. Thank you for your support and good luck!