Writing to Help Release & Manage Emotions
Life can be challenging, there is no doubt about that. This can be especially true for people who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or even those who have yet to be diagnosed. Writing is a healthy way to release and help manage your emotions. And no, you don’t have to be a professional freelance writer to put a pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard.
Many people don’t have a healthy outlet to release pent up emotions and will just keep stuffing their feelings down until they get to the point where they feel like there is… a volcano about to erupt internally. That is never a healthy place to be at. When you choose writing as a method to release these emotions, you are able to get out every single thing that is going on inside of your mind and body. You can let go without holding back.
There are three main methods that you can choose from when it comes to writing to manage your emotions. You can journal, blog, or take up creative writing such as releasing your emotions through poetry. I was lucky enough to have found writing as a means of a healthy release from an early age. Moreover, I am a firm believer in the benefits that writing has to offer someone with a mental health condition. I don’t know where I would be today if I hadn’t found writing.
Journaling is a great way to get everything out that you have been holding on to. It is something that is private to you and for your eyes only. You can write things in your journal that you otherwise wouldn’t say to another living soul. It can be like having a best friend without worrying about anything you say getting out. You can journal no matter what mood you are in or how you are feeling. I have found that journaling can also help you work through your issues and problems by laying it out in front of you. You can weigh the pros and cons of specific situations.
It is understandable that some people worry about having a traditional journal, especially if you live in a big household. That is why they make things like password protected journals that you can download on your smartphone, computer, or tablet. They also have things like PrivateDiary.net that is all online and protected with a username and password. You can also create a journal on your computer using a word document and saving it to a flash drive. The possibilities are endless when it comes to keeping a journal.
Some people even keep two journals; one for the good days and one for the bad. Try to never let your emotions bottle up because it can and will eventually get the best of you. It is also a great means of mood tracking for people who have conditions like bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, or even for people with a dissociative disorder.
Blogging is like journaling, expect that there is usually an audience. It can be very beneficial because you get to interact with others who may be going through the same thing as you. It offers a new means of support for some people who may not have ever received support otherwise. Blogging is a great way to get things out. It is like interactive journaling. Most people who blog tend to keep a journal as well because a majority of people do monitor what they write and will only let glimpses of themselves out to their followers. However, it is wonderful to have the extra support network that only blogging can offer.
Creative writing such as poetry or writing stories is another healthy method that can help you release and manage your emotions. I, personally, have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. I tend to write the most poetry when I am feeling down. Your poetry or stories don’t even have to make sense to anyone else as long as it helps you get your emotions out. Unlike what many people think, poetry doesn’t even have to rhyme. You can create a notebook that houses your poetry or stories and you can either choose to keep it to yourself, show loved ones, post it on social media, or even on a blog. It is said that people with mental and emotional disorders tend to be very creative, and I find that to ring true on so many different levels.
As I mentioned earlier, you don’t have to be a professional to write because writing comes from the heart. If you have never tried to keep a journal, I highly recommend starting one. You can write as little or as much as you would like. Just make sure that you try to get everything out. I cannot stress the importance of not bottling up your emotions enough. You don’t even have to pick one of the three options listed here because you can choose to write about anything and everything in whatever form you like the best. Happy writing!
Samantha is the author of the new book, “My Bipolar Mind: You’re not alone.” She is also the creator of the mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com, and a mental health advocate who is trying to tear down the stigma that surrounds mental health one brick at a time.