Writing is a voyage that opens both the readers and the writers mind to a material of knowledgeable contents. It definitely is connected with the soul and mind of the individual penning down the thoughts.
We must however note that the connection of the mind and soul is carried out effectively by the mental capability of the individual writing.
The mental capability of a writer must be apt, sharp and creative.
A writer’s intuition of a particular subject starts from the mind but the brain performs the major functions of bringing out the contents in a grand and succinct manner.
If the mental capability of a writer is needed to produce a great and thoughtful content, it is expedient that writers maintain a healthy mental diet.
Together let us explore how writing helps mental health and kicks away mental illnesses and issues which result in other issues such as depression, negative thoughts and so on.
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How Writing Helps Mental Health
1. A Means of Expression/An Outlet
A lot of times, life gets hard, issues arise and we become downtrodden.
This leave many individuals with a sad experience, many people turn to over-thinking.
Many self-abuse and others do worse things to themselves.
Rather than just bottling these experiences up in ourselves and facing the world with a hard face, sometimes writing is the solution.
Writing is a great outlet to express the pain, ache and anger we feel in our hearts a lot of times.
Poetry, personal essays, memoirs are great methods of easing the pain people feel when they are down.
Doing this helps to stabilize a person’s mental health and prevent them from taking further action that may become defects in their lives.
Often times, the best works are created from the darkest nights.
Some great works that were outlets include Anne Frank’s Diary, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and so on.
2. Strategic Study
Reading is a major fragment of a writer’s building. The process of reading brings out multiples creative and crazy ideas for writers.
Reading strategically helps to take away the writer’s fear of penning these ideas.
The more materials writers consume, the more they are open to illimitable contents, ideas, styles and difference.
A strategic study of related books pertaining to the intending theme will help to widen the thinking horizon of the writer.
The confidence that comes from reading (before writing) drives away fear that might pollute the writer’s mental health.
Dialogue is a code-word for mind-engagement.
Every creative writer must learn to dialogue with their mind.
This activity increases the mental capability of a writer. The writer is able to think and critically ask question.
The intentional dialogue with the mind helps to maintain one’s mental health.
This process usually starts with getting a captivating word or lines from a source, a movie, poem, debate, inaugural speech, novel and many more.
If for example, the phrase gotten from a movie is “The sun will shine again”.
The dialogue of the mind can help determine what kind of theme would relate so well with the phrase intended for use.
Exercising this process keeps the mind, brain active and healthy.
Communication can help in maintaining one’s mental health.
Writing helps to share thoughts, ideas and values with people of like minds especially with people e.g. people with similar or related thoughts.
Discussing how you feel about a particular theme (giving your opinions) helps your mental health.
This is because when we do so, we are made to think beyond the horizon of what is being comprehended.
Getting involved in a community of like-minds is a great privilege for writers who wants to maintain a stable mental health.
Research goes beyond reading.
We make researches through our results from questionnaires, public opinion from social communities, surfing and asking questions the net, a random discussion with a stranger, enquiries amidst friends and family.
Research helps the writer get to the facts and figures before they venture into creating or writing.
There is no better feeling that comes with knowing that what is being written is (to a convincible measure) true.
It definitely feels good to see readers see the reflection of their lives in stories, poems and other forms of writing.
6. Having A Positive Mindset
The power of a great mindset over oneself cannot be underestimated.
It is pertinent for writers to take adequate care of their mental health.
Writers should learn to believe in themselves firstly that they can. Having a positive belief in one’s ability to produce great materials helps writers deliver great works.
Believing will help you mentally and creating those thoughts becomes easier and less stressful.
Doing what you love makes you feel great after you accomplish it.
It makes writing fun and the aftermaths of writing will be devoid of great regrets, fear and depression.
7. Avoid(ing) Unhealthy Competitions
In a world where they are countless writers, it is often easy for a writer to disrupt a good mental health because they are engaged in an unhealthy competition. Usually with fellow writers or better writers.
This competition emanates from selfish (and needless) desires to be known above others.
Sometimes, this needless competition can be reason why many writers just publishbooks as an edge over those they (think) they are competing with.
The unfortunate part of this is that most works they published usually lack quality or great contents.
Have you ever read an eBook so bland, lacking in context or quality?
Maybe this is why.
The reason to this is not far-fetched, real books should be published not as a competition material but because there is a need for them.
Unhealthy rivalry or competitions acts as a setback for creative writers. This is because those involved usually considers every of their achievements an edge over others, which really is not.
Writers should compete only with their personal selves and work patiently in their space. Doing so will greatly help balance their mental health.
8. Getting Your Work Critiqued
A writer’s mental health is maintained when some basic qualities that is needed for growth are identified.
One of those the thresholds needed for writers’ growth is accommodating critiques on their works.
Rejections will come many times.
Just as in life, it is in the best interest of a writer to learn how to deal with them.
A writer will maintain a great mental health by getting theirs works critiqued, taking to corrections and working towards improving their crafts.
9. Attending Programs
There are numerous seminars, conferences for writers.
Attending these programs do not only help writers become better at the art of writing, many focus also on personal development of improvement of writers.
Besides, meeting other people is a great way to gain knowledge.
Apart from aiding with mental health, making it to creatives programs and interacting with others will help in facilitating great thinking prowess and grooming a unique voice as a writer.
Every writer is gifted with different styles of writing. it is pertinent that a writer identifies his/her special ways of writing instead of trying to copy another person’s style of writing. It mounts pressure on the writer’s thinking faculty a style is copied. Identifying individuals style will aid a good mental health.
As the writer I am, I cannot say that there are no times I am at my weak points even with all the knowledge discussed above. But I can say that writing has been of great help along the journey of life.
In your own personal opinion, do you agree that writing helps in maintaining a healthy mental heal an in turn prevents depression?
Or do you not? Let us hear from you.
The author of the original article is not known. This is a revised version of an anonymous submission we received.
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