Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Writing Is Beneficial For Stressful or Traumatic Experiences

I think this Buckeye Butterfly would consider this a stressful moment with the Praying Mantis encounter. In case you're wondering, the butterfly got away. Research says that writing about the stressful events in life makes a beneficial difference in your health.

Non-drug treatments, with little patient cost or risk, are useful supplements to drug therapy in the treatment of patients with chronic illness. Research has demonstrated that writing about emotionally traumatic experiences has a surprisingly beneficial effect on symptom reports, well-being, and health care use in healthy individuals.

There was a trial done with the objective being to determine if writing about stressful life experiences affected the disease status in patients with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis. The results determined it definitely made a difference in disease symptoms.

Doesn't it sound glorious to be able to dump your troubles on to a piece of paper with the assurance that you will actually feel better? Read the entire study.

So ... if we think that stuffing our emotions or bad life experiences will make them go away, the results are quite opposite. Even if you just write about them, it appears you take a load off of what you carry around and what is affecting your health.

Dr. John Sarno's book, The Mindbody Prescription, states he had 90-95% success rate on structural pain issues by having people pour out their anger, frustration, and stress on paper and then combat their brain's choice to create physical pain from buried and even unconscious emotions.

I know that God has answers for us on healing .... but our brain is a powerful portion of our body that controls the rest of it .... so keep searching and don't give up.

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