Conflict is a necessary ingredient for creating an intriguing story. And conflict is an inevitable part of life. Disappointment, sadness, sickness, and death plague us at different points in time and in different ways. We all have methods of coping with what we don’t understand, of dealing with painful situations in our lives. One therapeutic technique that helps us heal in times of confusion, broken hearts, and deepest loss is simple but so very powerful—writing.
Here is how we can heal with writing :
- Dealing with something difficult? Your mind works overtime when you experience emotional upheaval, like the loss of a relationship or job.
- Try writing about the upheaval. Writing will help you make sense of the event and reduce distress.
- Write for 15-20 minutes, 4 days in a row. Write about your deepest thoughts and emotions.
- Try putting the event into a story. Or write about the event from someone else’s perspective.
- Don’t worry about spelling and grammar. Don’t overdo it by writing about a distressing even for more than a couple weeks.
- Write only for yourself. Deal only with events and situations you can handle now.
- Writing may make you healthier. You may visit the doctor less. Physical wounds may heal faster. You may sleep better and improve your immune function and working memory.
- You’ll be able to focus on other things. You may feel more connected in relationships and be able to focus on work and school.
- Writing isn’t just for introverts. Although introverts love solitary activities that allow them to delve into their inner world.