So, this was my first-ever attempt at journalism back in 2015. Unfortunately, it never made the publication stage, I decided to share it to this blog. Please, enjoy the read 🙂
It does seem easier to turn to your notebook than to a psychologist – journalling has become an alternative therapy tool to help you deal with many of life’s health issues.
Jane Ballot, 52, received dreaded news in September 2014 that she had breast cancer. Despite her diagnosis, Jane had the best alternative medicine – writing. She blogged about her difficult journey every day for a year. But what surprised her the most was how it helped her to deal and to heal emotionally with her illness.
People have often turned to writing for simple enjoyment, but it can be used as a useful tool to help deal with health issues.
The act of writing accesses the left brain – analytical and rational, when that has occurred the right brain is free to create and feel. Begin the journey and experience these health benefits:
Boosted Productivity – A study conducted at Harvard Business School showed that workers had a 22.8% increase in productivity via journalling than those who did not.
Boosted immune system – American medical professionals James Pennebaker, Keith Petrie and others at the University of Auckland New Zealand conducted a study in 1999 on 37 HIV/Aids patients who were asked to write about their life experiences, and later found that their immune rating was higher than those who did not participate.
An added bonus for you:
Increased Creativity – Julia Cameron, writer, shared that “Morning pages” are a great way to let the creative juices flow. This is an act of daily writing before you start your day.
The principal of SA Writers’ College, Nichola Meyer Turenhout, adds “Write as quickly as you can. Don’t edit – allow free flow of thoughts and feelings.”
Increased Memory – Research published in the American Psychological Association Journal of Experimental Psychology: general, indicated that writing about negative events can improve working memory. These improvements, may in turn, free up other mental activities, including the ability to cope more effectively with stress.
With such interesting and informative benefits, how could you resist?
For Jane Ballot, writing had become a way of life, an outlet to help her deal with cancer and gain some perspective on life.
“Writing became such a steadiness in my life to make sense of what had happened.”
However, writing places may vary depending on your particular comfort level. Ensure that you have limited distractions to ensure proper and uninterrupted journalling.
Writing environments to try
- Hotel room (While travelling why not journal a bit and get some thoughts onto paper?)
- Home library/office (Nothing like your own space to write about those health issues)
- The beach (Early morning with natural light and having the waves crashing in the background – what a relaxing scene with very limited distractions.)
And those to avoid
- Busy and crowded coffee shops (Unless you prefer to have people distraction you with their conversations)
- Busy parks (Find a secluded spot near flowers or a spot off the beaten path – a quiet bench to journal away)
- Busy public transport (Bus, train or taxi)