HOW TO: Channel Your Emotions Into Your Writing

Channeling Your Emotions into Your Writing

Writing is one of the healthiest and most rewarding ways to process, reflect upon and express your emotions. Whether it is composing diary entries, creating fiction or poetry, penning your memoirs, or simply writing down whatever thoughts and feelings pop into your head, writing is a highly therapeutic and effective means of channeling your emotions. When you’re angry or otherwise upset, writing down your thoughts and feelings can provide you with a calm and healthy format within which to “work through” troubling emotions. By the same token, writing can also help you to capture, record and celebrate happy or joyful feelings.

Emotions

Diaries

Keeping a diary or journal has been a popular activity for centuries. There are any number of reasons why someone might keep a diary. One may want to record memories for future reminiscing or make a record of their lives to share with children one day. Whatever the reason, all diarists benefit from the therapeutic act of expressing their emotions and experiences through the power of written word.

Fiction and Poetry

Another great way to express your emotions is by creating poetry or fiction. Putting your feelings into writing through the conduit of an invented character or your own poetic “voice” helps to give you a deeper understanding of your feelings by putting them in a broader context. When it comes to your emotions, writing fiction and poetry can also give you a feeling of validation, which has been known to enhance self-awareness and self-esteem.

Free Writing

Writing down whatever thoughts and feelings that spontaneously pop into your head is another excellent way to process your emotions through writing. Free writing with no boundaries can even help you to get in touch with and express emotions you weren’t even aware you had. Unlike writing diary entries or fiction, free writing allows you to express real emotions, thoughts and memories as well as invented thoughts and ideas or even nonsense. This type of writing allows you to freely channel any and all emotions from the dark to the silly.

There are countless other types of writing that can serve as healthy receptacles for the many emotions we all feel from day to day. Here are a few:

• Personal memoirs
• Blogs
• Letters
• Lists
• Articles
• Essays
• Plays
• Screenplays

The important thing is to write, write often and write from the heart.

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HOW TO: Blog Or Write Yourself Out Of Depression

Writing is a great form of personal therapy. With a diary or journal, you can openly express yourself by putting thoughts and reflections of life on a blank page. The diary, like all other written works, also has its online counterpart: the blog.

However, a blog can’t be hidden away; instead it’s open for the whole world to read. Yet, when battling depression, the transparency of blogging is helpful because you will find that you’re not alone in the fight.

Facing Your Problems

A difficult part of depression is finding the ability to face your problems. By maintaining a blog, you can confront those problems in each post.

Depressed

Rather than keeping your emotions locked inside, a blog lets you broadcast them to the entire world. Discuss what seems to make you depressed; what causes it; how exactly it makes you feel; and most importantly, what solutions you’re seeking.

Meeting new People

Online browsers are not only looking for articles to read or videos to watch, they are looking for people to interact with; people like you. By publishing your writings on a blog, people can communicate with you through comments and email messages.

You’ll find others that have struggled with depression, and who can share their stories and provide support. Also, you may encounter people that you can help. Imagine, with your blog, people can form their own group therapy.

Discovering new Interests

Blogging is something that needs to be done daily if you want to maintain an audience. Once the posts stop coming, so do the people. While a blog will let you confront your depression, writing about it day in and day out may prove taxing.

So to keep the posts coming you’ll be driven to find new things to write about, which can lead to new interests, from hobbies to the news. And with these new found interests, you’re discovering new paths to help alleviate your depression.

Archiving Your Progress

Blog platforms automatically archive your posts. So after writing one for an extensive period of time, you can backtrack to see how far you’ve come in your struggle with depression. It helps you see what has worked, and how far you may have to go.

With a blog, the battle against depression is no longer a lonely one. However, while you write for a cure to your depression, you just may find a blog is exactly that.

This article is written by Wendy Bailey. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.