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Susan J. Nassuna

How Can Writing & Mindfulness Help?

Dr. James Pennebaker, a leading researcher in the field of writing and wellness has explained that;

One of the brain's functions is to help us understand events in our lives. Writing helps construct a narrative to contextualize trauma and organize ideas. Until we do this, the brain replays the same non-constructive thought patterns over and over and we become stuck.

Writing about painful and stressful experiences helps us achieve closure, which tells the brain that its work is done. This closure frees us to move on with our lives.

It is not what happens to us that causes us to suffer; It's what we say to ourselves about what happens, that causes us immense pain.

Mindfulness - the non-judgemental awareness of experiences occurring in the present moment - helps us overcome our unconscious way of living by putting some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses and empowering us to reshape our relationship with our thoughts and emotions which directly impacts how we experience ourselves and the world around us.

Extensive research has shown that both Expressive Writing and Mindfulness can help regular practitioners among many other benefits:

  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Relieve feelings of; stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain
  • Prevent burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Increase concentration, memory and learning skills
  • Cultivate personal resilience
  • Enhance sleep quality
  • Boost the immune system
  • Boost confidence and self-esteem
  • Nourish feelings of calm and inner peace
  • Fuel creativity and increase productivity
  • Increase clarity and improve decision making
  • And so much more!