“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” John Edgar Wideman
I have been a journaler since I could write. At a very tender age I wrote about my pent-up feelings towards my family. I wrote about my “troubles”. I dreamed into my notebooks and I created characters and scenarios that I wanted to live and experience. Writing has been my best and dearest friend, my therapist and my collaborator. I know the benefits I reap from a daily practice. I coach clients using writing as tool to evolve and to write what they must say regarding their creative ideas, passions and muses.
Writing it does a body good.
A 2018 Cambridge University study reported that the practice of writing for self-expression has mental and physical health benefits. “Expressive writing” improves a person’s working memory, improves their mood and affect, reduces blood pressure, and produces feelings of greater psychological well-being in both the short- and long-term.
So, if you write to my daily free prompts your life will improve. Now get to it!
Longer-term benefits of expressive writing.
Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor
Improved immune system functioning
Reduced blood pressure
Improved lung and liver functioning
Fewer days in the hospital
Feeling of greater psychological well-being
Reduced depressive symptoms before examinations
Fewer post-traumatic intrudance and avoidance symptoms
Social and Behavior Outcomes
Reduced absenteeism from work
Quicker re-employment after job loss
Improved working memory
Improved sporting performance
Higher GPA in students
Altered social and linguistic behavior
Wide Open Wednesday Writing Prompt ~ Write about something that used to be very important to you that isn’t anymore. Why was it so important and what changed?