6 Reasons Why Writing Is Good for Your Mental Health

From Guest Writer Daniela McVicker:

If you want to act responsibly, you have to take great care of yourself. If you’re not feeling good, you won’t be able to help other people, be a good partner, or friend. This is why it’s important that you take care of your mental health and make it one of your top priorities.

Different people use different methods to preserve their mental health. Creative writing is one of the options you could try out. If you’re not sure how creative writing is good for your mental health, just keep reading. Here’s a list of 6 convincing reasons.

Let’s take a closer look.

1.     Clear Your Mind

When you’re stressed out or anxious, you’re usually not able to concentrate on anything else. Still, when you try to deal with all the negativity, you only sink deeper into it.

This is because it’s very hard to take control of your emotions and think straight in moments like that.

Luckily, creative writing can help you clear your mind.

All you have to do is:

  • start writing
  • explore your emotions
  • rethink earlier events
  • sort your thoughts

Just start writing and don’t look back. Write about the first thing that comes to your mind and let go. Don’t think too much or analyze your words.

This way, you’ll clear your head and be able to calm down. As a result, you’ll feel less confused and chaotic.

2.     Processing Instead of Suppressing

Most of us like to act strong and not let the “little things” bother us. Still, it’s impossible to control what bothers you and how much.

This is why every time you’re trying to stay strong and not let things get to you, you’re actually:

  • suppressing emotions
  • pilling up on negativity
  • building stress

Creative writing will help you deal with your problems, define them, and process them. It will teach you how to redesign your thoughts.

This will help you work through your problems instead of trying to hide them. Processing your emotions is healthy and one of the preconditions for strong mental health.

3.     Reduce Stress

Sometimes, we just need something to blow off some steam. Different things work for different people, but creative writing might just be the perfect thing for you.

Here’s the deal:

  • you’re stressed out
  • you need someone to listen to you
  • you don’t want anyone to judge you or feel sorry for you

Just write it down and pour your soul out.

You can write about anything that’s bothering you and simply get it out of your system. Afterward, you’ll feel lighter and relieved.

Using creative writing as a stress relief can be extremely beneficial for your mental health.

4.     Practice Consistency

Creating healthy habits is important. It plays an important role in your mental health and you should work on being responsible.

Creative writing provides an opportunity for you to show you’re ready to work on yourself.

You need to make a promise to yourself:

  • you’ll show up every day
  • you’ll write every day, even if it’s just a couple of sentences
  • you’ll stay determined

Active work on yourself will give you the positive motivation that you need. You’ll show self-support and belief that you can make the changes that you need.

You can even share your experience with creative writing with others, in a blog post or on social media. Check out these thesis sites in case you need some help to polish your writing.

This will keep you positive and uplifted.

5.     Show Self-Love

Self-love is yet another thing that you have to practice and actively show yourself. You need to give yourself the love, support, and help that you’d like others to give you.

So, start with yourself and be more kind and loving to yourself every day.

Use creative writing to:

  • write positive affirmations
  • write your goals and wishes
  • encourage yourself
  • motivate yourself
  • be your own inspiration
  • daydream

Do whatever makes you happy and show yourself the love you deserve.

Use creative writing as a safe space and don’t hold back on being positive towards yourself. This should be your platform and your moment to find some positivity in every day.

6.     Understand Yourself Better

When you’re struggling with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, it would be rather helpful to recognize what causes you to experience this.

However, it’s very hard to understand what’s happening inside our minds and what leads to mental health problems.

Still, creative writing can work wonders when it comes to understanding yourself better, and here’s why:

  • you keep track of your day-to-day feelings
  • you run a sort of a diary
  • you’re keeping a record of your mental health episodes

To put it simply, you can read back what you’ve written over a certain period. That will teach you a thing or two about yourself:

  • what triggers your negative emotions
  • have you done any progress over time
  • what hurts you the most
  • what makes you feel better

If you understand yourself better, you’ll be able to work on yourself and make some progress. This will help you deal with your mental health problems.

Final Thoughts

Your mental health is something you should work on. You need to invest the energy and time in giving yourself the support and helping yourself overcome any issues you’re facing.

The list above will help you understand how you can benefit from creative writing. Use it as inspiration, and start writing to improve your mental health.

 

Author’s bio. Daniela McVicker is an editor for Essayguard. She has a master’s degree in English Literature, and she is truly passionate about learning foreign languages and teaching. Daniela works with the students helping them to reveal the writing talent and find one true calling.

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1 thought on “6 Reasons Why Writing Is Good for Your Mental Health”

  1. Beautiful post, thank you! I fully agree with the opinion that writing is good for your mental health. About 15 years ago, the Artist’s Way became a hit in The Netherlands. By Julia Cameron. Some of you may know of this method to stimulate writing. A form of writing that helps one to get in touch with inner stirrings, motives and drives. Plus the opportunity to express oneself, stimulating the freedom of the throat chakra, where speaking and writing meet up.

    I myself have found a freedom of expression, communicating with myself and others, that is a precious gift to myself after a long-lasting dark night of the soul with a bright inner sparkle that helped me through that night.

    The ability to put in words what’s felt or observed is like a fountain overflowing. Often, my writing flows without the need to think about “how” and it’s great to support awareness of what I write. When I write or speak words, a part of me is aware of the truthfulness of those words and I’m able to check myself, and correct, restate.

    Most curious is when I suddenly tell myself what I need to hear, with my own voice and make a decision that is significant on my path. For example, in the autumn of 2009, I’ve stood still in my living room and told myself: “From now on I’m coming out of the closet and I will show all of my faces and all of my masks”. The year 2010 showed up, fulfilling that prophecy to myself. It took a couple of years, and it involved the showing of my true face.
    Which is a never-ending journey so far, with abundant creativity in tow. Never a dull moment ? ? ?

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