How to Write Your Feelings on Paper

Writing out your feelings can help you express them.Writing out your feelings can help you express them.

Writing your feelings on paper is a good way to get them off your chest and clarify them. Indeed, a 1999 study re-published in Science Daily found that 47 percent more arthritis and asthma patients who wrote their feelings down beforehand responded positively to a treatment course than patients who just wrote about their plans for the day. So, whether you have arthritis, asthma or are completely healthy, you could benefit from writing about how you feel about things in your life.

Write down a series of "little and unimportant" hurts. Little things that you feel should not bother you, but consistently do, should go on this list. If you write these down, you will be better able to draw themes out and understand your emotions more clearly.

Write down a series of situations that occurred in the past few days or weeks where you felt down because you pretended to agree with something with which you really didn't agree. This will demonstrate times when you are untrue to yourself, which is key in defining your feelings.

Carry a notebook with you and write in it whenever you feel a strong emotion. Write about how you feel, being as descriptive as possible. This will help you get in touch with your feelings and better understand their causes and effects.

Write about stressful events, particularly before something that makes you anxious. If you write about how things make you feel, you can confront them more effectively and deal with the origins of the feelings. By expressing your feelings in words rather than just feeling them, they will be clearer to you and you will understand them better.

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Sam Grover began writing in 2005, also having worked as a behavior therapist and teacher. His work has appeared in New Zealand publications "Critic" and "Logic," where he covered political and educational issues. Grover graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

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