Guest Blog: Using Writing As A Means Of Therapy by Virginia Cunningham

Maggie Mae, a poet I respect tremendously, recently offered her blog to publish this guest post from Virginia Cunningham. Since I’ve personally experienced many of the therapeutic effects described in this post, I wanted to share it with my readers.

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Using Writing As A Means Of Therapy

For many people, expressing feelings verbally can be difficult; opening up to someone on a particular topic can cause feelings of vulnerability. In this instance, writing serves as a way to be able to express certain feelings through a creative outlet. Writing unlocks your subconscious to bring to light your most pressing thoughts, from current issues at hand or those from the past that you have been avoiding.

The therapeutic effects of writing have been so effective that it is frequently encouraged in the hospital setting for those who are physically or mentally ill. Counselors who have patients who have experienced traumatic events often encourage those patients to use writing as a form of therapy. Suppressing your thoughts is stressful to the body as well as the mind. When you sit down and write, you are taking time to take care of yourself. Instead of…

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