Wellness Pathway #148: Write About Your Feelings

One of the speakers at the International Coach Federation meeting was Mark Bryan, co-author of The Artist’s Way at Work. The methodology of The Artist’s Way involves a practice called morning pages, where people write three pages at the start of every day — before they read, watch, or process any other information. The writing becomes an opportunity to listen carefully to the trek of life along with any associated feelings. Three pages force the writing to go beyond a “to-do list” to the level of deep emotional processing.

I was impressed by the article Mark passed out from the American Psychological Society. In controlled studies, significant benefits accrued to those who wrote about their emotional experiences compared to those who did not write. Writing reduced stress and improved performance. For example, unemployed executives who wrote about their job loss found new positions more quickly. Physician visits were reduced and physiological markers (including a wide variety of serum antibodies) were improved. Distress, negative affect, and depression were all minimized. The takeaway is clear. If you want to feel and function better, write about your feelings.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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