A Passage A Day Keeps the Doctor Away
There’s something to be said for writing as an expressive outlet. More and more people are starting to realize the benefits of writing. Take notice that we said writing, not typing.
Writing is something that should be done on a daily basis. Don’t believe us? Let’s share some research and facts to back it up. Entrepreneurs and successful millionaires are well-known for having a typical morning routine before starting their days. For almost all, writing is included.
Writing for these people usually takes the form of journaling. A quote, a thought, a goal, an aspiration, something to be grateful for, or a memory from yesterday—whatever it may be, the important thing is that it gets out of the mind. In fact, it’s been found to be even more than an outlet, but also to be therapeutic.
Writing cultivates our ability to observe our thoughts and feelings. This is an important aspect of self-development, both by connecting with our inner selves and by employing our future visions. Taking the time to jot things down, planned or unplanned, is a proven way to reduce stress, deal with problems, and to help find solutions.
Try this exercise and you’ll be surprising at the benefits and enhancements it brings to your life in a fairly quickly manner. Gillie Bolton, a researcher at King’s College in London, suggests to write for six uninterrupted minutes a day. Write whatever comes to you mind. Don’t censor yourself. It can be bullet points, stream of consciousness, or full sentences. Don’t pay attention to spelling or grammar.
Soon enough you’ll feel the release. If that sounds like something cliché said about a drug, then you are right. In a way, writing can be the cure to many aliments. Don’t just take our word for it though, you have to try it out for yourself to know that it works. Think of it as a “mind dump” as Bolton does.
Stress, anxiety, trauma, early stages of depression, writing can take care of it all with one session a good. It doesn’t have to be used to just counter the bad though.
As we mentioned earlier, many budding and established successful businessmen use writing as a tool to hone their thought and ideas. This is true of people like Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, and Warren Buffet. Wealthy people have been found to be more goal oriented, which means they write down their goals to make them concrete. They also maintain to-do lists as a way of remembering and reflecting on what comes next for them.
Writing has so many advantages, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to do. Use it as a tool to better yourself mentally and to be prepared for the new adventures that come your way.