Research has shown that writing about traumatic events – although very difficult initially – has a positive long-term impact on our health and well-being. Our authors know this all too well. Writing about their past has helped them to piece together fragmented memories of traumatic events and make sense of them. Most importantly, it has helped them to move on.
Anna says, “Writing about the beatings he gave me and reading it in black and white, made me really realise just how bad it actually was. This cemented in my head why I could never go back.”
Cat says, “Writing about stuff in my past has definitely helped me deal with my future. For starters, I realised that I have been through a hell of a lot and I am lucky to be alive.”
Our Five Lives book provides more detailed ideas and guidance about the kinds of ‘therapeutic writing’ you might like to try, but here are just three therapeutic writing ‘tools’:
- Write a story about something that happened to you. Think about where you want to start, keep it in the present tense and remember to include your feelings. This is what the writers did in Five Lives.
- You may have been hurt by someone and wish they would apologise for their actions. You could write a letter from their point of view, saying sorry for what they did to you, and asking for forgiveness. This can help you to understand and let go.
- Keep a journal or diary. Write everyday if you can, about what you’ve done and your thoughts and feelings. It can be very therapeutic to later read back your diary entries and see how far you’ve come.
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