3 Ways Writing Can Relieve Stress

By on December 15, 2017
How Writing Can Relieve Stress - WritersLife.org

People are always looking for new ways to relieve stress. Yet, after all this time, there is still one method that works better than anything and that is writing.

You might’ve heard that writing can help relieve stress but you’re unsure of how writing exactly helps. Look no further! I will be sharing with you three ways in which writing relieves stress.

Form of Meditation

What is something that every high achiever has in common whether they’re a writer or businessman or woman? They each meditate.

Writing can be a form of meditation. When you meditate you want to block out the noise around you and be fully conscious of what you’re doing. By meditating, you open an inner stillness inside yourself.

You can gain inner stillness from writing. Because when you write, you have to block out the noise around you and focus entirely on the piece. Your breathing will slow and it’s just going to be you with the words your writing (or typing) 🙂.

When you get deep into your article, you realize that your creative impulses are taking over. You’ll be in a state of zen, not even remembering why you were stressed out.

Get Your Thoughts On Paper

Each day we generate around 60,000 thoughts. Some of those thoughts can be stressful. To quell that stress, keep a journal for yourself.

Each morning or night or both if you’d prefer, write what you’re thinking in a journal. By doing this practice each morning you will develop it into a habit. You will be able to get your thoughts on paper instead of keeping them in your head.

The great thing about writing your thoughts each day is you can go back and see what you were thinking in certain situations and how most of the time, what you were stressing over never came true!

You can start with a few sentences and then move onto a paragraph each day.

You can release all the emotions that have been inside of you.

Sometimes we can get really stressed out and getting your thoughts out instead of keeping them in may be just what you need.

Take Your Mind Away

When you’re stressed about something, the best thing you can do is get your mind off whatever you’re stressing about. When you write, you can’t focus on writing and being stressed at the same time, it’s impossible.

By writing, you’re taking your mind away from your stress. Even if it’s only for an hour, I can guarantee that you will feel better. You’ll have accomplished something and been in a meditative state.

Sometimes we need to take our mind away to gain a fresh perspective on our life.

We can turn small problems into big problems with the power of our thoughts and free time. When you choose to write, the new perspective you gain will allow you to see that you shouldn’t be stressing in the first place.

When you write, you’re choosing to relieve stress. And when you relieve stress, you’re living a better and more fulfilling life.

 Trevor Oldham - Author of The Daily Lion

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