Writing has been a form of therapy for a long time.
Eons, really. Read the work of any of the great poets. What are they doing apart from processing their pain?
Thoughts, emotions and other mental phenomena are abstract, nebulous and tricky to really sink your teeth into. It’s hard to say exactly what’s going on inside your mind, let alone why.
Writing is a way of making it more concrete. It forces you to describe whatever’s happening, which forces you to think of it in ways you can put into words.
Instead of this cloud of vapour, you now have something you can grip with both hands.
Does that make the pain less, your suffering more bearable?
Being able to think about it consciously – to explain it, even to yourself – can make a difference. We humans are addicted to narratives. We love stories. If our inner workings have a story, sometimes we can follow that tale to its happy ending.
But even if it doesn’t make it easier, it can still help.
This is an oversimplification, so bear with me. Problems persist because you get in the habit of thinking about them a certain way. When you change the way you think about them, it changes the problem.
I know, I know. Your problems have external components. If you can’t pay your rent, that’s a lack of money, not a problem with your thinking.
Unless a problem with your thinking is keeping you from earning enough money, that is. Consider – some folk in your situation, whatever it is, would buckle under the strain. Others would thrive under the pressure.
The difference? Mostly how they think about it.
When you write about something, you think about it differently. And that can warp the problem. You can stretch it and bend it, until it no longer fits in that comfy groove in your mind.
And if that doesn’t work?
Then you can always write about it differently.
Journaling your thoughts in private can be incredibly powerful. If it’s not enough, then publicly blogging them might do the trick.
It forces you to write differently, therefore think differently. What you say in public won’t be the same as what you write to yourself.
With other folk reading it, you tend to be clearer with your language. “I know what I’m saying” doesn’t make the grade for communication.
And who knows, you might just find (or create) a community of likeminded folk – folk who can help you more practically.
You can begin that simple self-improvement technique now.
And enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
If you really want to take your mind to new places? To improve more you dreamed possible?
You might want to read about this mind training program: