I read today the following articles:
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.
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,
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