For many, many years people have been dealing with stress through writing. Stress and heartache have brought us many great stories over the years. But you don't have to write a best-seller to get stress relief from writing.
When using writing as a form of stress relief, your goal is to start by simply getting your feelings and thoughts on paper.
There is no need to worry about your grammar, spelling, or any other technical aspect of writing.
Find some alone time, even if it has to be late at night after the kids are in bed, and pull out your notepad, your journal, your laptop, or even a napkin... whatever you have will work.
Simply focus on stress management.
So how can you use writing to help you deal with stress?
Let it out on paper. If you are like me, most of your life is spent dealing with stress. Others around you may be getting tired of listening to you vent. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but it happens. Even your closest friends and family members may start to view you as simply a negative person. Heck, I have even gotten to the point where I'm tired of hearing myself complain so much! So write it down.
Often, when you write your thoughts and feelings freely, you'll be surprised by what you discover. Many people who write about their stress end up working out the problem on paper.
You may discover your true feelings or even answers to questions that have been bothering you.
Don't hold back.
Don't forget to go back through and read it to yourself. Again, this short period of reflection may help to open your eyes about the stress or problems you are experiencing.
And when you're done, chances are, you'll feel a lot better! By allowing yourself an outlet to express your stress and your feelings, you're giving yourself permission to move forward.
As you write, don't be surprised if you discover answers to your problems or new ways of dealing with stress. Make yourself proud! Handle things different this time.
And when you're all done, you may be surprised by what you read. Hopefully you'll look over what you've written and gain new insight on yourself and the situation. You should be able to read back and learn what you did right, what you did wrong, and why next time will be handled even better.
Because as long as we're alive, there will be a next time. You and I will be dealing with stress again, possibly soon. Only next time, we'll be more prepared when dealing with our stressful lives.
Additional guidance and information can be discovered when you use writing as a tool combined with The Stressful Lives Stress Management Workbook. This Workbook takes all of the information you learn on this site and helps you put it into a workable action plan to finally get un-stuck and start living a happier and healthier life.
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