Writing Therapy - The Self-Healing Tool For You!
The health benefits of writing therapy are astounding- and it’s official! A growing body of scientific evidence confirms its holistic healing power.
In more than 300 studies doctors and psychologists asked the question: “Does this really help?” and the answer is that it undoubtedly works for many people.
Expressive writing is a highly effective self-therapy. It helps our brains process emotional issues and neutralizes the effects of stress on body and mind.
Pioneering research by Pennebaker and Beall in 1986 revealed that this type of writing boosts the performance of the immune system. It has a positive knock-on effect for many months, reducing the need to visit the doctor by more than 40%.
Further studies in the past 30 years have shown that writing therapy helps many long-term health problems, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic pelvic pain and irritable bowel syndrome. And patients with liver disease have healthier liver enzyme levels after participating in therapeutic writing exercises (Francis and Pennebaker 1996).
You don’t have to be chronically ill to benefit from this incredible self-therapy. It was found that healthy young adults who wrote therapeutically caught fewer colds in the subsequent weeks and months.
Writing therapy brings multiple health benefits
Writing is good for mental health too. Several studies found that expressive writing facilitated better moods or fewer symptoms of depression (Spera et al, 1994; Pennebaker and Francis, 1996; Lepore, 1997). A further study reported increased emotional well-being in those who wrote therapeutically (Park and Blumberg, 2002).
Researchers found that expressive writing boosts working memory (our ability to solve complex problems and attend to difficult tasks). And it helps many people to sleep better. A study by Harvey and Farrell in 2003 found that poor sleepers benefited from journaling in the evening. They were able to process the emotions and hassles of the day before bedtime and did not lie awake worrying about their problems.
UK clinical psychiatrist Kay Wilhelm reviewed the evidence for expressive writing and concluded that for some people it was “extremely helpful and quickly resolved issues that have been mulled over––sometimes for years––with no resolution” (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).
A review published in the respected British Journal of General Practice in 2012 stated: “Writing therapy can potentially help 30% of patients who visit primary care settings”.
It’s clear from the research to date that writing is a dynamic force for healing. Without doubt the evidence for writing therapy smashed people’s expectations.
Dr Pennebaker commented: “As the number of studies increased, it became clear that writing is far more powerful than anyone ever dreamed”.
The evidence is now clear: If you write every day using pen and paper, you can expect to see improvements in all dimensions of your life- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Mari’s experience of writing therapy
Mari L. McCarthy began journaling in 1998, when the research into writing therapy was in its infancy. But her transformation is further proof that expressive writing brings healing on all levels. Not only did Mari halt the progression of multiple sclerosis, she also reversed her physical decline and regained lost function on the right side of her body.
And much to her surprise, she found a door into her soul!
She rediscovered long-forgotten dreams and began to pursue her talent for singing. Ultimately she gained a successful new business and a recording career.
You can read Mari’s full story in her international best-seller,Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live
What can you gain from Journaling Power- the ultimate self-therapy?
If you commit to a daily, pen-to-paper journaling practice, you can expect many of the following benefits to be yours:
- reduced stress, strain, and suffering––and possibly lower healthcare expenses
- a deeper understanding of yourself and the experiences that have shaped you
- a healthier, more compassionate relationship with yourself, and an appreciation of your unique qualities, skills, and talents
- the ability to enjoy the present moment without worrying about the future or grieving over past mistakes
- resolution of inner conflict and improved relationships
- greater freedom in the creative process and an unlocking of power, talents, and abilities that were previously blocked
- the ability to face your fears and move forward in life
- motivation to care for yourself first, resulting in more energy to care for others
- the ability to set realistic goals and targets and make them happen
Begin your self-healing journey today. Choose a Journaling Power course from Mari’s Self-Paced Journaling Course Collection and start to Heal, Grow, and Tranform Your Self write now!