It’s amazing how it happens. Perfect timing.
Yesterday’s post shared the idea of counselling in a book. Check it out here if you missed it… Love is a Choice
This morning, waiting in my inbox, was the regular email notification for the weekly podcast I follow faithfully. The content is always interesting and helpful, on a variety of topics. Today’s topic was especially meaningful on the heels of yesterday’s book. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, the two books fit so well together.
The subject line of the email was an attention grabber.
A specific type of writing that will combat anxiety, depression, and symptoms from past trauma.
There was no way I could walk away from this podcast and leave it for another day. It had to be today. I watched it twice, it was packed that full. .
Today’s interviewee has written a book called The Power of Writing it Down.
Part of author/writing coach Allison Fallon’s target audience is the same crowd flocking to read Love is a Choice... Count me in.
The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life
Partial Amazon synopsis:
For anyone who’s trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the freedom you want is entirely within reach. This practice and pathway is free, it’s readily available every day of your life, it takes just minutes of your time, and anyone can do it.
Author, writing coach, and speaker Allison Fallon’s life transformed when she discovered the power of a daily writing practice. As it turns out, using your words is one of the most powerful means you have for unlocking your life. The Power of Writing It Down is your guide to this transformative tool available to us all. In as little as five to twenty minutes a day, scientific research shows this daily practice can help you:
- Identify your ruts and create new neurological grooves toward better habits
- Find fresh motivation and take ownership of your life
- Heal from past pain and trauma
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Contextualize life’s setbacks and minor frustrations
- Live a more confident, balanced, and healthy life
- …and so much more
In the podcast interview she explains Expressive Writing well and mentioned that the writing talked about in her book is not regular writing and it’s not journaling. It makes a lot of sense.
The idea is to write down your deepest thought and feelings. I have experienced what she means when she says this type of writing accesses the subconscious part of the brain where the conscious is often not allowed.
This is basically what I do when I write my this and that posts. What comes out is often a surprise. With some of the posts, like I mentioned at the time of writing them, I was in the midst of angst and felt so much better when I was talked out. To really get into it, though, I expect most of it would not be something we’d want to share publicly.
I recommend listening to the interview before reading the book. I’m glad I did because hearing and seeing her will make the words on the page that much more real.
Practicing this form of writing will be helpful to everyone, not just the most broken among us.
Here is the link. Enjoy, and buy the book if it makes sense to you. I think you will be glad you did.
I haven’t been as intentional with this type of writing as is encouraged in her book. From ignorance, really. I want to try it her way, to see what the difference will be in my life.
I’m hoping you will discover this along with me.
Happy listening, reading, and writing.