How Writing Can Reinforce Positive Emotions
We live in a time when negativity, tension, and stress are all around us. Most of us experience some kind of negative emotions every day, and the hectic lifestyle is not helping us fight it. This is why we must find a way to release all that negativity instead of letting it pile up. But not everyone knows how to deal with negative emotions and prevent them from taking over how we feel.
This is why we strongly suggest writing as a tool for releasing negative emotions. If you're not sure how it all works, we've got you covered. Keep reading to learn why writing is great for releasing negative emotions and how to use it to make yourself feel better.
Let’s dig deeper together.
1. Stop Overthinking
When you’re looking for ways to improve your mental health and remove the negativity that’s been piling up inside you, overthinking always appears as a problem.
We want to take things into our hands and process our problems by simply thinking about them or talking to ourselves. But, we always get tangled in a web of our own complicated thoughts.
When it comes to writing, it prevents you from overthinking. Here’s why:
you control the process of writing
it helps you slow down
you write things down as they come to your mind
Since you're thinking and writing at the same time, your mind won't be able to go into overdrive and start suffocating you with hundreds of additional thoughts.
Instead, you’ll be following the pace of your pen going over the pages and making sure your thoughts come to you in a less chaotic way.
2. Process the Negativity
The negative emotions we’re experiencing can cause a lot of trouble and damage our mental health. This is because we find it hard to process them.
So, instead of dealing with our negative emotions, we suppress them.
But, writing can help us process those emotions, which will make us feel physically and mentally better. For better results, consider combining writing with some digital detox. Here’s how:
grab a piece of paper and a pen
start writing about whatever comes to your mind
don’t think, just write
don’t pause to consider how something sounds or whether to write it down at all
This process will allow you to follow your stream of consciousness and get the things that are troubling you out of your system.
You’ll be able to dig deep inside you and simply put those things on paper. That will help you release the negativity and actively process it.
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3. Let it Go
Once you’ve written it all down, you’ll feel relieved and less tense. This is because you’ll be able to reach to the core of the problem and process it through your writing.
But what`s next?
Here’s what you shouldn’t do:
read what you’ve written over and over again
criticize yourself for the things you’ve written
feel bad for all the negativity you’ve put on paper
Doing any of the above listed would be making you hold on to the past and the negativity you’re trying to release.
So instead of doing that, here’s what we suggest:
finish writing and set the paper aside
enjoy feeling disburdened
know that the negativity is no longer inside you
imagine all those negative emotions resting on that paper now
By imagining the negative emotions being physically removed from your system, you’ll be able to let go of it and release it completely. This will benefit both your mind and body.
4. Be Honest
When we’re talking to a friend about our problems, we find it hard to be completely honest. We tend to sugarcoat the situation.
This way, we’re clinging to a part of the negativity, and we’re unable to let it go.
But, with writing, things are a lot different, and here’s why:
you’re the only one reading it
you don’t have to worry about anyone’s opinion
you can be completely honest
Honesty is the only right way to releasing negativity. If you’re ready to open up to yourself and lay it all out as it is, you’ll be able to process it the right way and leave it behind you.
Another thing you can do with writing is to show yourself the love and support you need. A great way to do this is to try writing a letter to yourself.
Writing a letter to yourself may sound silly, but it encompasses all the above-mentioned reasons why writing is great for releasing negativity.
Here’s what you should do:
address the letter to yourself
write about what’s bothering you
share the things that hurt or bother you the most
ask for advice
After a while, write a letter that replies to the previous one and:
show self-love and support
Considering the negative emotions from different perspectives will help you process it better and release it once and for all.
Try this technique, and if it works, share your experience with others. Check out these professional writers if you need any help with writing.
To release the negative emotions, you need to face them and process them. You also need to learn how to let them stay behind you. Writing can help you do all of those things.
Hopefully, the list above helped you understand how valuable writing can be as a technique for releasing negative emotions. Give it a try, and we promise you won’t regret it.
Daniela McVicker is an editor for Essayguard. She is also an experienced writer with a degree in social psychology from Durham University. Daniela is primarily focused on writing about self-improvement. She has authored a number of insightful and motivating articles like “Making The Right Choices Every Day” and “7 Steps To Open Yourself To New Opportunities & Possibilities”.
NOTE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Nannocare. Nannocare is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Daniela McVicker, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates.
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