Writing as Therapy

Studies have shown that writing leads to improvements in emotional and physical health.  One such study had college students write about traumatic or stressful situations for 15 minutes a day for 5 days.  A control group was given the task of writing about frivolous topics.  The study showed the long-term effects of the students who wrote about their deepest feelings reported significant improvements in their mental and overall physical health. (via The Royal College of Psychiatrists).IMG_2799

These studies reveal that along with working out, eating healthy, and getting a goodnight’s sleep, writing can be it’s own therapy.  Does it mean you have to sit down and write a book?  No, just a few minutes every day can help “detox” your day and help clear your mind.

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