How To Manage Stress With Healing Words: 4 Tips/ 8 Benefits
This is the real life story of a friend of mine who has chosen to remain anonymous, but would like to share how she discovered the power of healing words that not only showed her how to manage stress effectively, but also gave her a dramatically different level of new quality in life.
I was full of anxiety, tension and stress after finding out. To add to that, there was the notion that I would have to share this news with my family. This only heightened my already tense nerves.
I did not want to accept the diagnosis that I had been given. I’ve always wanted to live life to the fullest.
You see, I had been diagnosed with a fatal disease, but I was determined not to go down without a fight.
So, after telling my family about my condition, I got up, opened my laptop and wrote: The Second Half of My Life.
How To Manage Stress With Creative Action
After I finishing writing that, I then decided to write about all of the twists and turns that I had experienced in my life. I wrote a lot. I also opened the internet everyday to read about other people with my condition. I continued this activity for over a year, every single day.
Through all of this, I discovered one of the greatest ways to practice managing stress in a positive manner.
I discovered that my regular writing had become one of the greatest reliefs from the anxiety, tension and stress. Journaling was helping me to live my life to the fullest every day.
Because of journaling, I was learning how to manage stress over my diagnosis without having to go into a long, deep, dark depression, as would have been expected. Instead, what I did was to try in the best way that I could, to put every bit of sense into everything that I wrote. This lead me to find inspiration and strength through my experiences, instead of sorrow and self-pity.
The Benefits Of Creativity and Expression
As I was going along in my research of others with similar conditions, I found out how they accessed effective stress management techniques. I stumbled upon the works of Dr. James Pennebaker, who is chairman and professor of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas, and author of the book Writing to Heal: A guided journal for recovering from trauma & emotional upheaval.
In his more than 20 years of helping people to overcome the pain, struggle and stress in their lives, he found some results that surprised me.
When he asked people to write for 15-20 minutes a day for 4 days, people received these benefits:
Stronger Immune Systems
Better and Deeper Sleep/Rest
Greater Ability In Social Circles
Improved Overall Health and Well Being
Enhanced Perception and Ability To Evaluate Life
Vision To See How To Use Language As A Healing Tool
Improved Capacity To Think About More Than One Ting At A Time
Students Saw Their Grades Improved
In his works, I found out that there is a relationship between people who had a traumatic experience and the proportion to which these people haad an increasing number of health issues. Reading Dr. Pennebaker’s works showed me how holding back secrets can affect one’s life.
One of the many things I learned to practice in my writing, was to make sure I had constant usage of words like:
Love | Joy | Happy
For example, in managing stress effectively, it is better to for you to say that you are not happy rather than writing about how sad you are. I learned that there’s a huge difference between saying “I’m not happy with the way my relatives treat me” or saying “I’m really sad about the way my relatives treat me”.
Likewise, writing “I want more joy in my life” is better than writing “my life is dull or unsatisfying”; “I’m looking to find more love” is better than writing “Why do I always find people who treat me badly?”.
4 Tips For Your Creative Journey
An important factor in writing your story is that it has to have an element of reflection towards yourself.
Here are some guidelines in writing that will help you:
Describe your thoughts and feelings towards your experiences. Be a detailed as you can so you can get to your core feelings.
Write about how you reacted when something happened in your life. Your reactions are important to observe.
When you begin to write, let all of your thoughts and feelings flow without thinking of how they appear. This is not an exam you have to hand in.
Read your finished writing and then take a few minutes to simply reflect on how it makes you feel. This will help you to define your state of mind and your improvement a lot better.
With these guidelines, my writings became more automatic. Nowadays, I write everything that comes to my mind and remember those parameters automatically because I practice them and keep them by my pc.
As time has passed I’ve begun to realize that I too, get a great deal of relief from expressing all of my thoughts through my journaling. I found that it was a huge stress relief for me and a good way to let every unsaid thought come out in the open with no barriers, boundaries or fears.
I no longer have to hide my emotions or smother my feelings under a complacent smile. What an immense joy that discovery is for my life today.
I hope it gives you great joy, too.
What an inspiration it was for me to read her words. I wish to thank my friend for stopping by to share this inspiration with us today. I’m continually discovering wonderful new methods on how to manage stress effectively. I also believe that Dr. Pennebaker’s methods not only offer you a great way to to use healing words to relieve tension and stress, but that this can also help heal your life, as well.
If you’d like some more tips on some great healing methods, then drop by 8 Healthy Solutions To Help You Manage Stress Effectively and take your pick from some fun ideas!
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