Writing Could Help You Cope With Stress

I read today the following articles:

Writing About Emotions May Ease Stress And Trauma

Effects Of Writing About Stressful Experiences On Symptom Reduction In Patients With Asthma Or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Writing To Heal

And I encourage you to do the same. Here are some general notes taken from the articles to give you a quick overview of what I read.

Writing about stressful life events helped reduce symptoms for certain medical conditions.

Research findings link mental and emotional health to physical health.

Expressive writing or journaling may strengthen the immune system.

Expressive writing or journaling about the stressful events of your life, may help you to come to terms with them.

Expressive writing isn’t a cure-all and won’t work for everyone.

Findings suggest that expressive writing may upset people but eventually helps them to relax.

Expressive writing involved writing for a specified period each day about stressful or traumatic experiences.

Participants usually write nonstop while exploring their innermost thoughts and feelings without inhibition. The exercise helped them to understand how the traumatic event may revive memories of other stressful events.

Writing helps people to organize thoughts and give meaning to a traumatic experience.

Writing may enable them to learn to better regulate their emotions.

It’s also possible that writing about something may help someone break free of the endless mental cycling more typical of brooding or rumination.

Timing also mattered. Writing immediately after a traumatic event may actually cause the person to feel worse, because they aren’t ready to face it. Recommendations of waiting 1 to 2 months before trying this technique, have been advised.

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How does this help you to with weight loss? I don’t know? Didn’t say it would. I found this research interesting and thought I would share it with you.

I am going to try it and see how it goes, even as a reflective exercise.

Firstly, I have not had any traumatic events in my life. I am not claiming to have PTSD or any of the medical conditions described in the articles. I found the articles interesting and thought I would apply expressive writing to the various situations of my life as an experiment for myself.

As a blog about weight loss, I realize that this is not specifically about weight loss. But weight loss is all about being healthy. And health is about being completely healthy not just one part of it.

So as something that may help you to reflect and learn from your experiences, and something that may help you cope better, I think it’s worth adding to this blog.

Please look into the articles, and let me know what you find.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Seek medical advice for all major medical health concerns. Do not attempt this technique if you have recently been through a traumatic event, are experiencing major medical health concerns, or experiencing mental illness.

This is not meant to be medical advice, but just an experiment to try.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 10

Month 12:  December – Review – self assessment:

HOW CAN YOU FURTHER IMPROVE???

December. Unbelievable, if you’ve made it this far, how much has your life changed over the last year? How much different do you look and feel? What have you achieved this year? How many people have noticed a change in you?

For this month, I want you to take time to review your results.

It’s time for more photos, how do you compare to the photos from January? You’ve come a long way. How much has your diet changed? How much has your fitness and strength changed? How much has your habits and self-talk changed?

Here’s how I want you to do it, below are the questions I want you to answer. I want you to physically answer them, yes, I want you to physically write the answers out and take time to answer them. Give a descriptive answer for each stating where you were when you started, a whole year ago now, and then where you are today.

Each answer should be paragraphs and paragraphs long, not a single sentence.

Why, I hear you asking. Because I want you to put the truth on paper and get all the emotion and story out. It has a secondary benefit too. And that is to help you focus on the next upcoming year and focusing you on the task of continuing you’re now healthier way of living.

Week 1:  Diet how much has your diet changed?

Week 2:  Exercise – how much has your fitness and strength changed?

Week 3:  Mindset – how much has your self talk and your habits changed?

Week 4:  Take photos and measure your weight. Review. How much have you changed?

LAST QUESTION:  How do you further refine or improve?

Only you can answer this question. Maybe it’s your diet, or maybe it’s your cardio or your strength training. Maybe you want to change something because you want to try something new. This is great, because as it is said, ‘variety is the spice of life’. Maybe your some areas aren’t to the standard you would like, so improve those areas. Whatever the changes may be, remember, that you don’t want to revert back to what you used to do. Was it a better way of life? Really?

Hopefully you have seen all the changes that you have wanted to see. And hopefully more in most cases. To re-state what I said at the beginning, 12 months ago, people over estimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.

Realise that this is the beginning. What will another year of this lifestyle bring? What will another 10 years bring?

Change your hypnosis every 2 – 3 months. Continue to train every day for approximately an hour. Continue to refine and improve your diet. Further analyse your portion control, that is, your meal sizes. Continue to monitor and adjust your self-talk.

Thank you for following my posts for An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year.

These posts have made me further review my healthy lifestyle and to question the things in my life, some of the comments I’ve received have been incredibly insightful and have lead to reflection on my part.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.