Therapy comes in all forms. Many people are willing to shell out lots of money for professional therapists, trendy therapeutic methods and fancy retreats. But did you know that certain therapy practices cost virtually nothing?
Consider writing therapy. Taken seriously and researched since the 1970s, this form of therapy can be utilized on your own with just a few tools. Additionally, it takes very little time. Writing for 20 minutes a day has been known to help many people work through their challenges.
It doesn’t matter what you write; the genre is entirely up to you:
Much of fiction grows out of the author’s own life experience. Even if you do not address your specific situation in your fiction writing, you can create characters and scenes that help you to work through personal struggles.
The freedom in poetry allows you to use rhyme, rhythm, chaos, numbers and more to express whatever you might be feeling at the moment. Throw all rules about grammar and clarity out the window as you write exactly what comes into your head.
If you want to tell your story as it happened and as you remember it, try writing a memoir. Putting your memories down on paper can perhaps allow you to view them more objectively, and take comfort in knowing that others with the same experience can read and relate to it.
Using visual drama to relate your difficulties adds a whole new dimension to writing therapy. You can focus on dialogue, and maybe even get others involved to act out what you write. Although seeing your writing in action can be highly emotional, it can also be highly beneficial.
If you enjoy research, and want to explore your situation through the knowledge of others, try your hand at non-fiction. It can be as structured as a research paper on something in your life, or a creative work, like original recipes that somehow represent you. Experiment with combining genres here â€“ you could write out recipes and stagger them with relevant stories from your own life.
In addition to supporting your emotional health, writing therapy can assist in the healing of physical ailments aggravated by stress, such as:
- Immunity dysfunction
Give writing therapy a try. With minimal time, money and equipment requirements, it could be a great investment for your mental, emotional and physical health.
In addition to writing, K. Reilly Mitchell’s interests include history, Ireland, vegetarianism, consumer ethics and yoga. Visit her blogÂ http://www.humantextuality.com/Â for an entertaining blend of fiction, recipes, science and color.