Write down your thoughts

10 Oct

The Reflected Blog has a post today about the benefits of writing down your thoughts:

“Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously aware.

When we write things down, we clear our minds. I make shopping lists, not because I can’t remember what to buy, but because I choose to pay my attention to things outside my mind instead of inside whenever it is possible. In other words, I choose to be mindful and present in my life.”

This reminds me of Pennebaker’s research on the psychological benefits of writing:

“When individuals are asked to write or talk about personally upsetting experiences, significant improvements in physical health are found. Analyses of subjects’ writing about traumas indicate that those whose health improves most tend to use a higher proportion of negative emotion words than positive emotion words. Independent of verbal emotion expression, the increasing use of insight, causal, and associated cognitive words over several days of writing is linked to health improvement. That is, the construction of a coherent story together with the expression of negative emotions work together in therapeutic writing. Evidence of these processes are also seen in specific links between word production and immediate autonomic nervous system activity. Implications for therapy and for considering the mind and body as fluid, dynamic systems are discussed.”

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One Response to “Write down your thoughts”

  1. michaelulinedwards October 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    More important for a writer, sometimes, is writing down facts: Thinking about a story in progress and having a fact come to mind. Time to capture it and insert it where it will do the most good.

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