Creative Writing As Therapy

He told me he felt a warmth, a relaxation spreading from his chest out through his limbs.Next, I asked him to think about a time when he sat down to write but felt blocked.Science has shown that writing down your thoughts and feelings can be therapeutic, both mentally and physically.

Journals & Poems Gratitude journaling is a method of writing where a person writes down what they are most grateful for.

Participants have reported an improved subjective well being, better sleep, and better motivation, all through the invocation of gratitude.

Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing Celia Hunt 7.

Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice Charles Anderson and Marian Maccurdy 8.

Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice Linda Metcalf 15.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Natalie Goldberg 16.

Writing poetry brings together creativity and self-expression.

The metaphorical and/or philosophical approach can be therapeutic.

It can help you develop critical thinking skills, empathy, as well as creativity. Expressive Writing Some of the most dramatic therapeutic evidence comes from expressive writing, a type of writing therapy where traumatic experiences, negative thoughts and feelings are given an outlet by writing them down.

Research shows that expressive writing participants experienced decreased anxiety and reduced depression symptoms, improved lung function, reduced blood pressure, and increased immune system functioning.

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