An experiment took place at a university in Texas which involved undergraduates being split into 4 groups. All of the students were asked to write every night 4 for nights for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

3 of the groups had to write about a traumatic event, the remaining group had to write about something trivial. The groups were then tracked for 6 months and researched showed that the groups who wrote about traumatic events visited their doctors less. Since then, other studies have shown that there’s a distinct correlation between expressing your emotions and having good health.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

How to Write Therapeutically 

Set aside some time 

Set some time aside every day. Try to write for at least 5 minutes each day. If you really don’t feel like writing, try not to force yourself. Give it a try for a few minutes and try not to pay attention to the clock. You could soon find that you’ve written for longer than you imagined you would. 

Use different methods 

You can write with a pen, a pencil, by using a typewriter, your phone, or even a laptop. Using different methods could help you to find your preferred method.

Write somewhere quiet 

Writing somewhere relatively quiet is a great way to work. It doesn’t matter where you write, just try to make sure there are few distractions if any. 

Don’t edit your work 

It can be tempting to edit your work as you go, but you won’t be able to express yourself fully if you do this. Edit your work later if you want to. 

Reread your work later

Once you’re done, have a look at what you’ve written. Try not to read too many previous entries as it can influence you the next time you write. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk