Poems are the new apples, and apparently writing one (or writing anything) every day can have real health benefits. Photo by Flickr user samit4me.
Most writers know that they don’t feel quite like themselves if they haven’t put pen to paper or fingers to keys in a while.
But what about people who aren’t always trying to balance a writing life with work, relationships and hobbies?
Well apparently, the benefits could be just as good for them, too.
According to a recent Huffington Post article detailing the results of some new research, writing regularly offers a whole slew of health benefits.
And while relaxing and and decreasing stress are great, they aren’t the only perks to a writing practice. Studies show that physical as well as emotional healing can occur as a result of writing :
Expressive writing has been linked with improved mood, well-being, stress levels and depressive symptoms, as well as more physical benefits of lower blood pressure, improved lung and liver functioning and decreased time spent in the hospital.
Writing can also speed healing by changing the way people think about illness and disease. A New Zealand study of participants who were split into two groups — those who wrote about their feelings and those who didn’t — found that skin wounds on the writers healed faster than on the non-writers. In another study, cancer patients who wrote for a mere 20 minutes per day often experienced positive changes in their attitudes toward their diseases. As they say, attitude is everything; in the case of the critically ill, more positivity could lead to trying new or alternative medications or techniques.
Do you believe writing can facilitate emotional and physical healing?