Studies show that writing, particularly expressive writing (putting down thoughts and feelings about a traumatic or stressful experience), can improve your health. Here are 10 ways writing will improve your health:
- Writing exercises the mind and keeps the brain sharp, staving off Alzheimer’s.
- Expressive writing may lower blood pressure.
- Expressive writing can improve memory.
- Writing about stressful experiences can improve the symptoms of asthma and arthritis.
- Expressive writing can improve sleep.
- It can also speed up recovery from physical wounds.
- Writing can help you cope with negative emotions.
- Writing improves critical thinking skills.
- Expressive writing reduces stress.
- And it decreases your risk of illness.
So if you want to improve your health, you could try expressive writing, or journaling. Journaling can also improve your writing skills, so for authors it’s an all-around win!
Has writing improved your health? We’d love to hear how in the comments below!