If you feel that you already tried all remedies to counteract anxiety, you need to read this.
Being bothered by anxious thoughts day after day is very distressing. In many cases, sufferers are convinced that they already tried all remedies and end up feeling hopeless.One thing you probably haven’t tried yet is to put anxious thoughts into writing using actual paper and pen. Just try it. Maybe it can help you.
Writing anxious thoughts into paper can prove soothing and a good coping mechanism. In fact, a study (Writing About Anxiety Helps Students Ace Exams) showed that students who wrote down anxious thoughts about 10 minutes before examinations showed higher scores. But to be useful for your anxiety, you have to develop good writing habits.
But what if you feel that writing is just another tiring chore (read this: too lazy to write).The main problem in writing is that most of us don’t have a regular writing habit. This phenomenon is actually very common to us – what is the reason of using paper and pen when we can just use a keyboard or a touchpad?
Writing things in real paper has its own benefits. The act of scribing something of paper stimulates our brain (Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter?); we use motor skills to control the pen, visual skills to view the paper and writing, and cognitive skills as we write, and this reduces focus on anxiety issues. Writing on paper is much better compared to internet-hooked computers that are teeming with distractions (like cat videos).
Here are the other obstacles you might encounter that prevent you to adopt a writing habit for anxiety:
- “I have no thoughts to write. I just feel anxious”
Some anxiety sufferers feel that there is no point in writing as no thought comes in mind. You should always remember that anxiety always has an origin. You may only have to think and discern deeper to get leads.
At the meantime, take note of the time and situation where anxiety struck. Just note that you’re not sure or don’t have any particular thought during the attack. Then, carefully think of several possibilities (the more the better) to help you gain insight.
2. You don’t have enough time to write
This is another common reason why we don’t write. We view writing as a chore that eats up our precious time, and it can be. Counteract this by picking times to write when anxiety has become moderately significant or unmanageable. However, you must still develop a regular writing schedule.
You can avoid looking at writing as a chore by only sitting down and writing two or three times per week. That rate will yield plenty of useful information about your anxieties. Once you gain the hold of it, your writing will become an effortless habit.
3. “I sound foolish when I read my writing”
This is perfectly okay. You will be surprised as you read the content of your writing. Even if you sound irrational or foolish in your writing, there is nothing wrong if you have not acted it out. Because of this, it is in your decision whether to allow others to see your writing or keep it to one self.
It actually means that you are seeing a perspective of yourself that is not possible in other way. Furthermore, you can discover early that some of your thoughts that seem logical but are actually irrational.
If you choose to handle anxiety through writing, your goal must be to develop regular writing habits. Once you made progress, try reading some old notes and see your progress in your journey to combat anxiety.