A good story can transport us to a new world. And, research suggests that writing therapy, directed writing on specific topics, can help battle the stress & symptoms of lupus.
At times, it can feel as though your brain is running wild. Many people, if not most, experience intrusive thoughts and replay troubling moments over and over in their heads. Now, research is exploring how writing can offer a respite from emotional duress and some physical symptoms of lupus.
Keeping a personal journal or diary is one of the oldest (and most used) forms of self-help in the world. In contrast to a daily calendar or appointments, a journal is a record of a person’s most meaningful thoughts and feelings.
How does this help? Researchers are exploring mechanisms within the brain, but licensed professional counselor, and writing therapy advocate, Kathleen (Kay) Adams offers some rationale in an article published in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mind-Body Medicine in 1999. She offers that journaling allows a person to, “literally [read] his or her own mind.” This relieves tension by helping the writer to “perceive experiences more clearly.”